Jessop wing obligations met, campaign leaders told

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University chiefs have told campaigners that all legal obligations have been met over the controversial demolition of a former hospital wing.

The former Jessop Hospital’s Edwardian Wing is to be knocked down to make way for a new University of Sheffield engineering block following a long planning battle.

Campaigners who have fought to save the wing hoped they had discovered a legal technicality they hoped could save the site from bulldozers.

Nick Roscoe and Valerie Bayliss wrote to the university this week, saying it had not given English Heritage an opportunity to make a record of the Grade II-listed Jessop Hospital.

A spokesman for the university said: “As required, following the granting of Listed Building Consent, we contacted English Heritage to offer them the opportunity to record the Jessop Edwardian.

“We have received confirmation from them that they do not wish to record the building and that the provisions of Section 8 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 have been satisfied.

“However, we will be making our own record of the building, which we will deposit in the city’s archives as requested under the planning permission, and will be happy to share this with any other interested parties.”

A bid for a judicial review into the demolition of the historic building was turned down earlier this month.