Fresh decision to demolish listed building

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COUNCILLORS voted to allow the demolition of an Edwardian hospital wing in Sheffield for a second time – despite a fresh appeal from conservationists.

Members of Sheffield Council’s south and east planning board yesterday voted in favour of Sheffield University’s plan to knock down the Grade II-listed former Jessop Hospital building to make way for a new engineering faculty.

The plans had been approved last December, but were put back before the committee after the council’s planning department failed to consult a number of bodies.

Officers blamed ‘human error’ on not notifying the Ancient Monuments Society, Council for British Archaeology, the Georgian Group, Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings and Twentieth Century Society in the initial consultation process.

One objection came from the Ancient Monuments Society, which urged a rethink on plans and called for architects to use the 1902 building.

Coun Peter Price said: “Nobody wants to demolish a listed building, but the city is fighting for its economic life and lots of young people are looking to us for a future.”