Thursday, January 10, 2019
BRIGG HAS BEEN WAITING THREE YEARS FOR TOWN CENTRE BUILDING TO BE DEMOLISHED
It's now very nearly three years since permission was granted to demolish a building in the Brigg Conservation Area. But it's still with us today.
Back in January 2016 approval was given to knock it down - a decision that was expected to result in a new area of green space being provided within the town centre.
But there's no sign of the wrecking crews moving in.
North Lincolnshire Council made the successful application to demolish The Market Store (home to town centre stalls when not in use on Thursdays and Saturdays).
No objections had been lodged by the public or any groups or public bodies.
A report prepared by planners in 2016 stressed the single-storey brick building "makes no positive contribution to the character or appearance of the conservation area."
It added: "This is an unattractive building that has no historic or architectural importance to the area.
"The site sits in a part of the Brigg conservation area which is not particularly sensitive and the conservation officer advises that turfing the ground following demolition of the building will provide some visual relief in a part of the conservation area that has been subject to modern hard landscaping."
When granting approval for demolition of the building on January 21, 2016 the council added a condition that "the development must be begun before the expiration of three years from the date of this permission."
Clearly, there's not long until that date kicks in.
So why the lengthy delay in demolishing the building and creating the turfed area between Cary Lane and Coney Court?
We have put this question to North Lincolnshire Council, from time to time, since permission was granted.
A statement issued in July 2018 said: "Before we go ahead with the demolition of the market storage unit on Cary Lane, we are making sure plans are in place for the future use of the land."
Behind the storage building is Brigg Servicemen's Club, on Coney Court, part of which is just visible on the right of our picture.