Council will decide whether iconic Lord Line building will be demolished today

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 6 Dec 2017

Planning councillors are being urged to reject proposals to demolish two derelict buildings with deep links to the city's vanished fishing industry.

The scheme involves bulldozing the former Lord Line trawler company offices along with a nearby Grade II listed pump house on St. Andrew's Dock.

North Ferriby-based Manor Property Group want to clear both buildings but have no immediate plans for either site.

That could be enough for Hull City Council's planning committee to refuse permission as the authority's policy for demolitions in Conservation Areas to have replacement schemes in place.

Former grandeur inside the former landmark Lord Line building in Hull. Picture 'Cactus Melba'

Ahead of Wednesday's committee meeting, heritage campaigner Adam Fowler said the outcome could mark a turning point in the long-running saga.

"While St Andrews Dock and particularly the Lord Line remains in the consciousness of many people’s hearts and minds, it has in many ways become the forgotten corner of the city," he said.

"They are still visible but have been slowly been allowed to decay.

"If the Lord Line Building and associated pump house are lost to the area there will be no tangible, physical reminder of an industry that that fed half a city."

An urban explorer inside the former Lord Line building in Hull. Picture 'Hidden Shadow'

A former chairman of the fishing heritage group STAND, Mr Fowler has recently held talks with new Hull West and Hessle MP Emma Hardy, an unnamed education provider and potential developers over the long-term future of the waterfront site.

"The multiple change of ownership over the years, proximity to the city centre and problems with land conditions have not helped to regenerate the site," he said.

"The problems of St Andrews Dock are not confined to the condition of the Lord Line building.

"What is missing is a wider strategic view of the site identifying the most appropriate uses which seek to retain the heritage uses of the site including iconic buildings, the outline of dock walls and the lock-pit.

"For this to happen, land ownership needs to be brought under one roof and this may need to involve compulsory purchase of certain parts."

Hull-based MEP Mike Hookem also believes a fresh approach of site ownership and land assembly issues are required at the derelict dock.

He said: "My greatest concern, should the demolition of the Lord Line go-ahead, is that little will be done with this historic place for another four decades and the area will remain derelict.

"The potential is there. You only have to look at the once-derelict dock area of Liverpool to understand what St. Andrews could become."

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