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Extension plans for listed Louisa Ryland House opposed

The Victorian Society is objecting to Graftongate Properties’ plans for a double height roof extension for Grade II listed Louisa Ryland House in the centre of Birmingham

The Victorian Society is objecting to Graftongate Properties’ plans for a double height roof extension for Grade II listed Louisa Ryland House in the centre of Birmingham. The Society is concerned that new the roof will harm the proportions and significance of Louisa Ryland House as well as the conservation area and the setting of adjacent Grade I-listed school of Art. The Society urges the public to object to the plans before the 25th February.

Louisa Ryland House consists of three buildings in the Colmore Row and environs conservation area, including the former Parish Offices and Board of Guardians buildings of 1882-3 by W.H. Ward. Unfortunately only the facades were retained in a 1980s development. Graftongate Properties has submitted plans to add an extra storey to the 1980s mansard roof. A third of the building’s storeys would be in the roof making it much more visible  and negatively affecting the handsome proportions of the listed buildings. The Victorian Society is concerned about the impact of this change on the conservation area and particularly the neighbouring Grade I Listed School of Art. Graftongate Properties also plan a reconfigured ground floor entrance, with three windows replaced with doors.

Stephen Hartland, Chair of the Victorian Society’s Birmingham & West Midlands Group, said: ‘While we support restoration of Louisa Ryland House in principle, the scale of the roof extension would damage the building’s significance. The developers have huge flexibility in what can be done with the space as the interiors have already been lost. A ‘roof’, which adds a third to the building’s storeys, would seriously harm its proportions and negatively impact both the conservation area and the nearby Grade I-listed Art School. Such a change is unnecessary and wholly unacceptable. I hope the public will object to these plans.’

The application for Listed Building Consent for the changes can be found hereThe planning application for the changes can be found here.


Friday 29 January, 2016

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