Plea to save 200-year-old Sheffield building from demolition

Creevela Works, Parsonage Cresecent, Walkley.
Creevela Works, Parsonage Cresecent, Walkley.
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Plans to demolish one of the oldest buildings in a Sheffield suburb and replace it with town houses has been met with opposition.

Clear Line, a business which creates architectural facades for buildings, has submitted plans to demolish Creevela Works on Parsonage Crescent, Walkley, and build four three-bedroom town houses.

But some residents have objected to the plans, arguing the scheme will have a ‘severe adverse effect’ on the area’s character.

But Clear Line says it commissioned an independent report which found the building was of ‘little or no historical value’ and needs to redevelop the land after expanding and moving to new premises in Hillsborough.

Tina McKevitt, of Parsonage Crescent, said in her objection to Sheffield Council: “At over 200 years old and with its associated farmhouse still occupied, the barn is a charming and characterful reminder of the area’s rural past.

“Buildings like this are becoming increasingly rare in urban areas and I consider that they are of significant historical interest both to the local area and the city.”

She said the plans would have ‘a severe adverse effect on Walkley’s special character’.

Joyce Bullivant, Timewalk Project Coordinator, said: “Heritage buildings are what gives a community its distinct heart and identity. In my travels looking for Sheffield’s heritage it is noticeable the difference in areas where their oldest buildings have been destroyed.

“It takes away their feeling of pride and cohesive identity. The works are important to Walkley.”

Clear Line has been based in the building for 17 years, but company director Stephen Wesley said it had moved to new, larger premises in Hillsborough because of its growth.

He said Creevela Works was ‘falling apart and in need of a lot of work’.

The application had no parking provision for residents because of good access to public transport.
Mr Wesley said: “We have just got the results of an independent archaeological survey.

“It found that it’s of little or no historical value. We got the survey because of some of the objections that were raised, and it came back with those findings.

“It’s got a lot of add-on buildings in concrete and such. It’s not what it appears.

“There’s no need to be afraid of what we’re going to do.

“We intend to build something identical to numerous developments in that area over the last few years – nothing more, nothing less.”