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Council’s decision on demolished Victorian glass house welcomed

The Victorian Society now urges the Council to enforce the rebuilding of the glasshouse following its unlawful destruction.

Demolished glasshouse at Heron Lodge, Worcester

The Victorian Society has welcomed Worcester City Council’s decision to reject retrospective planning permission for the demolition of a glasshouse at the listed Heron Lodge in Worcester. The Victorian Society now urges the Council to enforce the rebuilding of the glasshouse following its unlawful destruction.

The Victorian society argued in its objection to the application for retrospective planning permission for demolition that although the glasshouse was in a poor state of repair, this did not justify its demolition which would be harmful to both the setting of the listed Heron Lodge and the Lark Hill Conservation Area.

James Hughes,  Victorian Society Conservation Advisor, said:  We welcome Worcester City Council's decision to refuse retrospective planning permission for the demolition of Heron Lodge's glasshouse, which is an important element of the site's historic fabric.  In November 2012  the Council granted consent for the conversion of Heron Lodge into four homes subject to a number of conditions, one of which required the glasshouse to be  completely repaired before first occupation. Clearly this condition was never satisfied and we urge the Council to enforce the rebuilding of the glasshouse following its unlawful destruction.

It is believed that the glasshouse and was erected between 1897-1903 when Herron Lodge was owned by one of Worcester’s important residents, William Kilbourne Kay, Managing Director of Kay's Catalogue.

Thursday 13 November, 2014

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