Plans submitted to demolish the Lord Line building in Hull
The Lord Line building on St Andrew's Dock
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 19 Jun 2017
Plans have been submitted to demolish the derelict Lord Line building in Hull.
The landmark former trawler company offices on St Andrew's Dock have been empty since the early 1970s.
Hopes of re-using the building have stalled in recent years under the ownership of the Manor Property Group.
The company secured planning permission to build a student accommodation campus at the dock several years ago.
That scheme included converting the Lord Line into offices.
However, nothing has happened at the site since then apart from the demolition of the adjacent former Marr Fisheries building and constant vandalism, including several fires.
Now, Manor has submitted two separate planning applications to demolish the Lord Line and the nearby hydraulic tower and pump house, which once provided power for the entire dock.
The pump house is a Grade II listed building but has also suffered extensive vandalism in recent years.
The former hydraulic tower and pump house at St Andrew's Dock
The Lord Line is not nationally listed but has been locally listed by Hull City Council for its historic importance.
Both lie in an official Conservation Area covering the old dock, which was once home to the world's largest deep water fishing fleet.
In a statement accompanying the planning application to demolish the Lord Line, Manor say: "It has been vacant for a number of years and has, notwithstanding various security measures, been the subject of numerous break-ins, fires and trespass in recent years to the extent that it is now considered dangerous to public health and safety.
"Further boarding up will not be effective in addressing this issue and the only realistic solution to this current state of affairs is its demolition.
"It is proposed to completely demolish the Lord Line Building and make good the cleared site. Planning permission is not being sought for any replacement building."
The company say the pump house and its former workshops are structurally unsafe and contain asbestos.
Like the Lord Line, it is proposed to knock down the buildings to create a brownfield site.
Adam Fowler, community environment officer for the City of Hull and Humber Environment Forum, said: "If these two symbolic and historic buildings are lost it will effectively render the current heritage planning controls as useless, resulting in an inevitable application by the landowner to ask for the Conversation Area status to be removed."
An image of St Andrew's Dock from 1970
Under planning law, the owner of any building in a Conversation Area either listed or not must seek consent for demolish.
Usually a local planning authority will only give permission if a replacement scheme is prepared.
Mr Fowler has previously been involved in attempts to buy the Lord Line and bring it under public ownership.
He worked with former Hull West and Hessle MP Alan Johnson on a buy-out scheme spearheaded by the regeneration agency Yorkshire Forward.
However, that idea collapsed when Yorkshire Forward was abolished by the coalition government in 2010.
He said: "Had Yorkshire Forward purchased the site back in 2010 this would be a different story now.
"The site would have been sympathetically regenerated with the Lord Line as the feature building and a true tribute to Hull's fishing heritage.
"Should Hull City Council give consent to demolish these two buildings, the visible presence and reminder of Hull's historic St Andrews Dock will be effectively erased."