Sheffield council failed to consult over hospital demolition

Jessop Hospital: the derelict Edwardian wing
Jessop Hospital: the derelict Edwardian wing
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SHEFFIELD Council has been forced to reconsider the controversial application to demolish the Edwardian Wing of the old Jessop Hospital - after failing to consult with conservation bodies.

The authority must reconsider the listed building demolition application for the site, which was approved in December.

Sheffield University, which owns the former hospital, wants to replace it with an £80 million new home for its engineering department.

Sheffield Victorian Society and other local conservation groups are still fighting the plans, which must be rubber-stamped by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles because they involve a listed building.

The Save Jessop Hospital campaign has more than 2,500 signatures on an online petition urging Mr Pickles to block the project.

The council’s city centre, south and east planning board will reconsider the listed building demolition application at a meeting on Monday.

In a report, planning officers said: “Following the referral of the application to the secretary of state, it became apparent that five of the six national societies had not been notified.

“The referral to the secretary of state has been put on hold and the outstanding societies were consulted.”

One of the groups, The Ancient Monuments Society, said it was against the demolition and urged the university to incorporate the Edwardian wing within the new block.

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings urged the council to ‘review justification’ for the demolition, while The Georgian Group and The Twentieth Century Society said they did not wish to comment.

The Council for British Archaeology did not respond.

The sixth group, The Victorian Society, has already objected to the loss of the Grade II listed building.