Last bid to save historic Walkley works

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Campaigners are urging people to support their last-chance fight to save a 200-year-old building from becoming housing.

Plans to demolish Creevela Works on Parsonage Crescent, Walkley, and turn it into four town houses were turned down last year.

Creevela Works, Parsonage Cresecent, Walkley.

Creevela Works, Parsonage Cresecent, Walkley.

Objectors feared the proposals would have a ‘severe adverse effect’ on the area’s character, raising concerns about lack of on-street parking, road safety and other isues.

However building owner and business Clear Line, which previously said its plans were similar to numerous developments nearby and an archaeological survey had found ‘little or no historic value’, has appealed the city council’s decision.

An independent inspector will make a final ruling in the next few weeks and campaigners are urging people to submit objections before the deadline of January 7.

Campaigner Alison Batchelor said several local groups backed the cause and they wanted to see an alternative use for the works.

She added: “The current proposal would put more cars on the road as well as losing the only off street parking on Parsonage Crescent.

“Residents are often forced to park on neighbouring roads and see large vehicles struggle to navigate the road. This development would make both worse.”

The plans were rejected by councillors because of a lack of on street parking, although Clear Line has said there are good public transport links nearby.

The business has relocated to Hillsborough and bosses previously said the site needed ‘a lot of work’.

Walkley Coun Ben Curran said: “Traffic and parking issues are difficult in Walkley as it is. Building four new properties with one off-street parking space is ludicrous.”

To object submit three written copies to Tom Smith, The Planning Inspectorate, 3/04 Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol, BS1 6PN, by next Wednesday January 7.