FOI: 16172197 Illegally Demolished Historic Cottages East
There any number of rumours concerning the above site!!
May I please request an update on the rebuilding of these cottages
Mayor John Biggs demanded in 2017 that they be rebuilt brick by brick, as this was/is a
local Heritage Site in a Conservation Area.
May I also please ask how much so far has been spent on Legal Fees to date in relation
to this matter.
Following the service of enforcement notices on 18th August 2017 requiring the rebuilding
of the demolished buildings, an appeal against these notices was finally heard on 13th
and 14th November 2018. Whilst the Inspector accepted the validity of the notices and
that harm had been caused by the demolition, he decided that future development likely
to transpire in the buildings’ place would provide future public benefit that would offset
this harm. As such he came to the decision that the demolition work was acceptable and
gave the works retrospective planning consent via his decision.
We are naturally disappointed that the inspector has chosen to grant the developers’
appeal. These were culturally and historically significant buildings and we remain of the
opinion that their demolition without permission and without an acceptable redevelopment
proposal, was unacceptable.
The Council is now engaged in a High Court appeal (Claim nos. CO/178/2019 and
CO/179/2019) against the Inspector’s decision which is due to be heard on 26th June
Should the Council be successful in this appeal then the Inspector’s decision will be
External legal fees in respect of the enforcement inquiry were approx. £43950.
Given the ongoing nature of the Council’s High Court challenge, we are not able to
provide a full figure in respect of the legal costs relating to this challenge.