Legal action against Lord Line building owners to re-start as demolition plan rejected
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 7 Dec 2017
The city council is set to resume legal action against the owners of the Lord Line building after rejecting an application to demolish it.
Enforcement proceedings by the council against the Manor Property Group were started in April.
They were aimed at forcing the company to make the derelict former trawler company offices on St Andrews dock safe amid safety fears over the condition of the landmark.
However the action was put on hold when the company subsequently submitted planning applications to demolish the Lord Line and an adjacent Grade II listed Victorian pump house.
The derelict Grade II listed pump house on St. Andrews Dock
Both applications have now been unanimously refused by the council's planning committee.
Council planning manager Alex Codd said the decision meant the enforcement proceedings could now re-start.
They are likely to see the the council serving a legal notice on the company requiring it to improve security and prevent trespassers from entering the building which has been extensively vandalised in recent years.
Speaking during the committee debate, Councillor John Fareham said it was "utterly reprehensible" of the company to have allowed the building to deteriorate to such an extent.
St Andrews Dock in 1967 with the Lord Line building in the background
He also criticised Manor for not sending anyone to the committee to make the case for demolition.
Before the meeting started councillors rejected a last-minute written request by the firm to delay a decision on its applications.
Cllr Fareham said rejecting the applications was in line with the council's long-standing policy of refusing any demolition scheme in a designated conservation area if there were no plans in place to re-develop a cleared site.
There are currently no proposals from Manor on the table after a previous permission for a student campus on the old dock lapsed.
Fishing heritage campaigners reacted with delight to the committee's decision.
Nat Taylor, who helped organise a 2,000-name protest petition against the demolition plan, said: "I'm over the moon.
"Let's hope this is the start of bringing the Lord Line back into use."
No-one from Manor was available for comment.