Photos from a planning application for maintenance work at Harris Park show the state of disrepair at the Grade II listed site in Fulwood.Advertisement
The application is seeking listed building consent to carry out repairs to the site’s historic villas – namely the Laurels, Holly House, Poplars, Chestnuts, Glen Rosa and Oak House – plus Gate Lodge, The Chapel and Conference Centre, School and Masters House.
Images in the Condition Assessment produced by Cube PSL show issues with roofing, brickwork, pointing, timber, dry rot and fungus.
As an example, works said to be required at The Lodge are as follows:
In a letter to Preston City Council, the agent, Lichfields, states that work would be undertaken in a “sensitive manner, using appropriate like-for-like materials and avoiding unnecessary damage to historic fabric”.
It continues: “The effects of these works will therefore be significantly beneficial, and will preserve and enhance the significance of these assets.”
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The letter concludes: “The proposed works set out above consist of essential and time sensitive maintenance works necessary to safeguard historic buildings on the site and prevent further damage.
“It has been demonstrated that the proposed development preserves and enhances the setting, significance and special architectural or historic interest of the affected listed buildings.”
The planning application (06/2021/1529) – including more images in the Design and Access Statement and Heritage Statement – can be viewed on the Preston City Council website.
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