Plans to demolish Hull's Lord Line building could be refused after objections

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 29 Nov 2017

PLANS to demolish the Lord Line building on Hull’s St Andrew's Dock are being recommended for refusal.

The derelict landmark is one of the last surviving physical reminders of the city’s historic former fish dock.

A former trawler company office built in 1949, it has been the subject of repeated vandalism in recent years.

Earlier this year the  building’s owners, North Ferriby-based Manor Property Group, submitted an application to demolish it along with a nearby grade two listed Victorian pump house, which once provided all the dock’s power.

The company said both buildings are in a poor condition and pose a safety risk.

It argues the estimated £6 million cost of refurbishing the Lord Line for possible office use is uneconomic because the value of the converted building would only be around £3.7 million.

Instead, Manor said demolishing both landmarks would “achieve substantial pubic benefits” outweighing any harm caused by their loss.

However, both applications are being recommended for refusal when they go before planning councillors next week.

The recommendations by council planning officers follow a number of objections from conservation groups, including Historic England and Hull Civic Society.

An online petition signed by more than 2,000 people protesting against the proposals have also been submitted to the  

council.

In its objection, Historic England said: “The application seeks to demolish in its entirety the Lord Line building, a locally- listed building in the St Andrew's Dock Conservation Area and clear the site with no proposal for redevelopment.

“The development would cause substantial and unjustified harm to the heritage assets. It would strike against the heart and essence of Hull’s nationally important cultural maritime heritage at a time when this is being celebrated by Hull being the UK Capital of Culture 2017.”

 In a report for next week’s committee, planning officers said: “Demolition without a suitable replacement scheme proposed or a contract let will not produce substantial community benefits outweighing the loss resulting from demolition.”

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