ONE of Burton’s oldest and most famous buildings has been saved from demolition and is instead set to be renovated and returned to its former glory.
Ferry House, in The Dingle, Stapenhill, was all set to become an apartment block despite a valiant effort to save it by campaigners in 2010.
Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths, Burton Civic Society and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings all battled to save the building in 2010 but planners still gave the go-ahead to the unpopular plans.
However, the property is now in the hands of a new owner who intends to restore the site and use it as his family home, rather than knock it down.
Historian Arthur Roe, of Hawthorne Crescent, Stapenhill, who gathered up a 1,100 name petition opposing the move, expressed his delight over the news.
He told the Mail: “I was over the moon when I learned that it would not be demolished and, instead, would be redeveloped and returned to its former glory.
“I have been speaking with the person who now owns the property and he has a history of restoring Georgian properties.
“We battled so hard to try and get the original plans thrown out and we had thought we had lost the battle, so I cannot really describe how I felt when I learned of the great news. It was the best bit of news I have heard in a very long time.
“The fact that it is being restored to what it used to be like it also great and it is a shot in the arm for Burton history.”
The building was once the home of the ferry keepers who used to transport people across the River Trent, between Burton and Stapenhill, by boat.
The four-bedroom Ferry House was built in 1771, is reminiscent of the era of pre-industrialisation and is one of the only Georgian properties within the area.
In 2010, plans for its demolition were approved East Staffordshire Borough Council planning officers despite widespread objections.