Hull's Lord Line building will become a bar or restaurant as plans approved
St. Andrew's Dock and the Lord Line building
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 8 Nov 2018
City councillors have approved plans to bring the derelict Lord Line building back into use as a bar or restaurant.
But they have given owners Manor Property Group 12 months to start facelift work on the derelict former trawler company office on St Andrews Dock.
If that deadline is not met, the planning approval will expire.
The council has been at loggerheads with Manor over a series of stalled developments in recent years.
The 12-month condition was put forward by Councillor John Fareham at this afternoon’s planning committee.
He said: “This developer has a history of overpromising and underdelivering.
He said simply digging a trench and putting a pipe in would not be acceptable as evidence of development at the site.
“We need a measurable timetable of when things will be happening,” he added.
An image of the Lord Line building included in the latest Manor planning application
Council planning manager Alex Codd said the 12-month time limit was “fairly unusual” but claimed it was justified because of continuing concerns by the police and fire service over the risks associated with people continuing to enter the derelict building.
“I think giving the applicant 12 months to get on site and make a start is realistic given the circumstances," he said.
“We are not asking for it to be completed within 12 months. There have been regular fires at the dockside landmark in recent years as well as regular vandalism."
Further conditions of the approval also require Manor to clear the currently obstructed access road from the adjacent St. Andrews Quay retail park and construct a car park next to the Lord Line building before any bar or restaurant opens there.