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Building battle is brewing

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 19, 2014

  • Victoria House

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AN impassioned plea has been made to try and save a historical building from demolition.

Efforts are now under way to try and secure the future of Victoria House, in High Street, Woodville, after plans were lodged to tear it down.

Owners of the site, which was once a brewery, have revealed that they have been unable to attract a business to move into the premises and, as a result, have taken the decision that it needs to be demolished.

Councillor Steve Taylor, who represents Woodville on South Derbyshire District Council, is leading efforts to try and secure the future of the site.

He told the Mail: “Many years ago Woodville was quite a thriving industrial area.

“However, due to changing industries and developments, we have very little left to show for that time.

“We have a few kilns, the art deco Clock Garage and the Victoria House building, which was originally Brunt Bucknall brewery and is now the only feature associated with it left in Woodville.

“This is why it would be such a shame to lose such a significant part of the area’s history.

“It is something that people talk about and recognise and always ask about.

“I am already getting a lot of feedback from people about plans to demolish the site and they are dead against the proposals.”

Councillor Taylor revealed that he is now urging people across the area to do their best to try and save the site.

He added: “I want people to put across their views and opinions to planners at the council to show what this site means to people in Woodville.

“We need to stress how big a loss this will not just for people now but for future generations in the future.

“I would also issued a direct plea to the owners of the site in a bid to get them to change their minds and keep the site and not demolish it.

“Everyone in Woodivlle just wants to make sure that we respect what little history and heritage that we have left.”

Councillor Taylor also revealed that planners at the district council are working with officers at Derbyshire County Council in a bid to see if the site could be granted some kind of special status in terms of its historical value.

As it stands, the site is does not have a special grade listing.

If the planning application is approved, the demolition would take one month and a modern retail unit would be built in place of the red brick Victorian building.

The application states that interest in the building in its current shape has been ‘poor’ and major changes would be needed to attract businesses to the site.

Changes would include rebuilding on the site and creating a ‘modern’ business unit on one level in a bid to appeal to a broader customer base.

Anyone who would like view the plans or comment on the proposals is urged to head online to http://www.planning.south-derbys.gov.uk/ApplicationDetail.aspx?Ref=9/2014/0559

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