Concern over sale of historic cottage

Cobnar Cottage, Cobnar Road, Sheffield
Cobnar Cottage, Cobnar Road, Sheffield
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Plans to sell a Grade II listed cottage at Graves Park in Sheffield have been put on hold.

Sheffield Council’s ruling Labour councillors had approved a plan to sell Cobnar Cottage, on Cobnar Road, Norton Lees.

The house has been empty since 2006 and the council said its rundown state had attracted some complaints.

But residents have been wary of Sheffield Council moves to sell-off property since plans to sell Norton Nurseries to build a new home for St Luke’s Hospice.

The park’s numerous buildings belong to the JG Graves Charitable Trust - of which the council is trustee.

Nick Williams, of Friends of Graves Park, said: “We are upset to hear the council appears to be attempting to dispose of assets belonging to the trust against a duty to act in its interest.

“The claims that the building is in a state of neglect may well be true, but it is through their neglect.”

The proposed sale has been put on hold after opposition Liberal Democrat councillors called the proposal in for debate at a council scrutiny board meeting to be held in September. A sale will have to be authorised by the Charities Commission.

Graves Park Lib Dem Coun Ian Auckland said: “This proposal sets a damaging precedent. More sell-offs could follow, under the guise of investment.”

Coun Isobel Bowler, Sheffield Council cabinet member for culture, said: “The sale is proposed because for years this house has been empty and boarded up. Funds raised would go to the Graves charity.”