Monday, 21 January 2013

Proposal to rebuild Georgian stables in Staffordshire

From the Uttoxeter Post and Times. The proposed new dwelling
Plans have been submitted to rebuild a Grade II-listed building which was pulled down to enable a quarry extension to take place. In 1998, permission was given by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council for Whiston Eaves Stable and Barn to be dismantled. However, a condition was placed on the approval that the building would be re-erected either on its original site or elsewhere on land in control of the applicant on completion of the site.

The 18th century stone building was situated in Whiston Eaves Lane near to the former Sibelco Quarry, which is now owned by Lavers following its closure in 2011.

Now plans have been put forward to rebuild the stable block, which was finally dismantled in 2005, on land off Ross Road, Whiston.

A design and access statement produced by Hewitt and Carr Architects of Cheadle states the application has been brought about by the condition placed on the planning consent.

Ms Hewitt said: “The application proposes the reconstruction of an 18th century stable which is currently stored on pallets. This process has involved as initial discussion over the principles of dismantling, recording and redevelopment with planning officers at the Moorlands council.

“The application proposes the reconstruction of the Grade II-listed structure of historic and architectural importance, together with the associated hay barn, which were both dismantled.

“Permission was provided for the reconstruction of the stables within the estate following cessation of quarrying. The proposed use is a single family home and an associated disabled access holiday let, which are formed in different parts of the stable building.

A decision on the application is expected with the next two months.

Friday, 11 January 2013

Beverley's historic cobbles to be ripped up

From Metro UK

A historic market place will have its cobbles ripped up because they are unsuitable for disabled people.


The traditional stones, which are at least 175 years old, will be replaced by modern block paving despite protests by residents and heritage groups in Beverley, East Yorkshire.

According to East Riding council, the cobbles in the town’s Saturday Market could ‘cause problems for visitors and residents with disabilities’.

Diggers were due to move in next week but the work will now be rescheduled to allow further discussions with residents.

Furious residents had held marches through the square and presented petitions in an effort to stop the work, but town hall bosses said the removal of the cobbles would go ahead after they consulted with community groups.

Prof Barbara English, of Beverley Civic Society, said the decision was ‘hugely disappointing’ in face of ‘an overwhelming amount of opposition’.

‘This will destroy the town’s historic atmosphere,’ she said.

Our suggestion? If the surface really has to be changed, although that is open to question, it would be far better to cover the cobbles with Tarmac. Not ideal, but reversible at least, and the cobbles are robust emough to survive pretty well underneath.