Groups given a week to appeal

Jessop Hospital: the derelict Edwardian wing
Jessop Hospital: the derelict Edwardian wing
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Conservation groups fighting to save part of a listed former Sheffield hospital from being knocked down have been given a week to decide if they will challenge a judge’s decision to dismiss their bid to block the demolition.

On Thursday High Court judge Mr Justice Supperstone rejected an attempt by the Victorian Society and SAVE Britain’s Heritage to protect a wing of the Edwardian Jessop Hospital, which is to be torn down as part of Sheffield University’s scheme to create an £80 million engineering block.

But the groups may challenge his refusal to grant a judicial review hearing and have been given seven days in which to decide whether to continue their fight and lodge papers with the Court of Appeal.

Throwing out the bid, the judge said there were ‘no arguable grounds of claim that had a realistic prospect of success’.

The university’s barrister Peter Village QC told the court delaying the development for one year would mean more than 1,500 students would not be able to study there, causing a loss of income of around £22m.

The conservation groups were ordered to pay £5,000 towards the council’s legal costs and £5,000 towards the university’s.

An injunction preventing any development at the site was lifted by the judge, but the university and its building contractors agreed not to carry out any work for seven days, pending the possible application to the Court of Appeal.