Bulldozers destroyed the outdated Toby Tavern Bar and Grill, a 300-year outdated Grade II Listed constructing in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, on Saturday. It had been topic final year of a planning bid to turn out to be workplaces, a kitchen and bistro and multi-use house on the primary flooring in a proposed extra-care dwelling constructing.
But since then, the police and fire service launched an investigation right into a suspected arson, which ruined the constructing in March.
Fire crews battled by the evening on March 4, reviews Lancs Live. The large blaze destroyed the previous bar’s home windows, roof and huge components of the partitions.
And the sudden demolition, believed to have been carried out with out due permission, has saddened the neighborhood additional.
Councillor James Upjohn, unbiased councillor for Ashurst, who had been in dialogue because the blaze with Historic England and planning and conservation officers at West Lancashire Borough Council, stated: “It’s both frustrating and saddening to see that The Old Toby has been flattened today.
“Residents of Skelmersdale are appalled by the entire demolition of The Skelmersdale Hall… It has been utterly flattened.”
An email to Councillor Upjohn from the council’s chief planning officer, which Cllr Upjohn published on social media, warned the demolition of the building was “unauthorised” and that “any works to a listed constructing with out the required consent is a felony offence.”
The email, which says that planners are “dismayed and disenchanted”, states: “The Old Toby was to be partially rebuilt and repaired and we had been in discussions with the developer to attain this. Our view on inspecting the site following fire injury was that the Grade II listed constructing was able to being saved.
“The demolition is of the building is unauthorised and any works to a listed building without the necessary consent is a criminal offence under planning legislation..”
The electronic mail goes on to state: “We are dismayed and disappointed that the developer has undertaken this course of action and are in discussion regarding the next course of action to be taken.”
The unique proposals, put ahead final year by Cheshire-based applicant SEP Construction Services Ltd, included a brand new constructing containing 60 flats break up throughout the bottom, first and second flooring, a communal lounge for residents, a salon, a visitor suite and a employees room. Detailed paperwork submitted as a part of the proposals additionally included an application for listed constructing consent.
But paperwork submitted with the application on the time had warned of the dangers of structural defects and the specter of vandalism, and a heritage report had highlighted the historic nature of the previous Skelmersdale Hall, courting from 1712. They stated the constructing had been prolonged and altered, with its rural setting having been absorbed by the brand new city and had been final used as a public home earlier than being deserted.
The proposals had been withdrawn after the fire in March.
Agents Grimster Planning Ltd, who had been performing on behalf of applicant SEP Construction Services Ltd who withdrew their planning application in March,had been contacted for remark. West Lancashire Borough Council itself was contacted for remark by Lancs Live.
Lancashire Police stated an investigation into the fire in March was nonetheless ongoing.