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National concern for Peterborough’s historic railway hotel

Plans to demolish Peterborough's Great Northern Hotel have been condemned by the Victorian Society, the national charity campaigning for the Victorian and Edwardian historic environment.

The Society was contacted by local residents who are fighting Peterborough Council's scheme to flatten the 1852 building by H Goddard as part of a regeneration programme. A significant record of the town's development and of the expansion of the railway to York during the nineteenth century, the Great Northern Hotel has continued in its original use since it was first built. Yet its recent refusal for national listing has left the building unprotected and vulnerable to plans demolish it to create an empty space next to the station it was designed to serve.

‘Peterborough Council's scheme to demolish The Great Northern Hotel is short-sighted, unimaginative, and wasteful,' said Heloise Brown, Conservation Adviser of the Victorian Society. ‘One of the few good Victorian buildings left in the town centre, the hotel provides a positive and dignified approach into the town for visitors arriving by rail. It is also a much-loved local landmark and clearly has significance for many Peterborough residents.'

She continued: ‘Good regeneration schemes make the most of buildings like this rather than razing them to the ground. We urge the Council to think again.'


Friday 7 March, 2008

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