Councillors have saved a ‘piece of heritage’ from demolition after rejecting planning officers’ recommendations to knock down a wall in a conservation area.
Members of the planning committee went against the officers’ opinion that a Victorian stone wall in the Broomhill Conservation Area should be demolished.
A local resident told the meeting that the side wall at 20 Hallamgate Road could be saved and preserved.
He said: “If it is repaired, it will cost significantly less than if it were demolished and re-built.”
Planning officer Chris Heeley said: “The applicant wants to remove the wall because they feel it’s in need of very significant repair and their preference is to replace it with one that will last longer and be maintenance-free.”
But Coun Peter Price said: “I think a little bit of TLC could put it in order. I think to give permission would be vandalism.”