Why plans to transform Lord Line into a restaurant and ice cream parlour look set to fail

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 30 May 2018

The latest facelift plans for the derelict Lord Line building in Hull are being recommended for refusal.

City council officers say "considerable safety and security issues" at the site on St. Andrew's dock outweigh any benefits of bringing the property back into use.

The heavily-vandalised former trawler company offices stand at one end of the remains of the silted-up dock.

The Lord Line building from above (Image: Swanland Photo & Film)

North Ferriby-based Manor Property Group own the Lord Line and the adjacent listed hydraulic pump house but not the surrounding land, including the old dock.

A report by council officers on the company's application to convert the building into a restaurant, cafe and ice cream parlour with upper floor offices is due to go before councillors next week.

Read more: Legal action against Lord Line building owners to re-start as demolition plan rejected

They say "poor quality access" to the site for customers and staff is enough to justify refusal with the nearest available parking on the nearby St. Andrew's Quay retail park or on Goulton Street where a subway leads to the old dock.

"The approaches to the site do not benefit from any form of surveillance and generally do not benefit from street lighting.

"Security is a valid planning consideration and the applicant has provided no assurances over how the site will be managed and kept secure," says the report.

Graffiti on the Lord Line building (Image: Swanland Photo & Film)

An objection submitted by Humberside Police underlines concerns over security at the site.

It says there have been five fires at the Lord Line over the last 12 months with police officers spending a total of 34 hours patrolling the site over the same period.

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In one incident, a group of 100 youths were reported to be inside the building.

It adds: "The draw on police and partner agency resources has been nothing short of substantial and draining."

The latest proposals were submitted after a previous plan by the company to demolish to the Lord Line and the pump house were unanimously rejected by city councillors.

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