Builders Henry Boot urged to give away £2m Sheffield mansion 'to the community'
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Campaigners want Henry Boot to abandon the sale of Banner Cross Hall and give it away for eco-housing and wildlife. The audacious request - backed by a petition - was made by Green candidate Peter Gilbert who wants eco-friendly housing, a community hub, allotments, nature reserve and forest school on the 10-acre plot between Ecclesall Road South and Carterknowle Road.
It is understood staff were told it is worth £2m but an upgrade would cost £10m. The hall comes with 10 acres of land in a area where house prices have rocketed and could come under pressure for residential development.
Mr Gilbert said Henry Boot was 'doing very well' and urged chief executive Tim Roberts to write his name into the pantheon of Sheffield's great philanthropists including Mark Firth, JG Graves, Edgar Allen, Rawson, Harrison and more recently David and Jane Richards.
He said: “Mr Roberts, would you consider donating the property to the community, as a Community Interest Company. Our principal aim is to preserve this special environment and the proud history of Henry Boot.”
The hall has been has been home to the company for 90 years. The grounds are home to ‘multiple badger setts’ and a rookery, Mr Gilbert says, rooks are amber-listed birds.
Mr Roberts did not respond to The Star.