Hull City Council have refused an application to demolish the Lord Line building and pump house on St Andrews Dock.
In a committee meeting on Wednesday afternoon councillors unanimously agreed to refuse the demolition application.
In June 2017 Manor Property Group, the owners of the site, submitted two separate planning applications to demolish the Lord Line building and the nearby hydraulic tower and pump house. The company said that the pump house and its former workshops are “structurally unsafe and contain asbestos”.
The proposals met with criticism from environmentalists.
Adam Fowler, Community Environment Officer for the City of Hull and Humber Environment Forum, said: “If these two symbolic and historic buildings are lost it will effectively render the current heritage planning controls as useless, resulting in an inevitable application by the landowner to ask for the Conversation Area status to be removed.”
The Lord Line building is a visible reminder of Hull’s historic St Andrews Dock and to Hull’s fishing heritage. The old dock was once home to the world’s largest deep water fishing fleet.
However, the landmark former trawler company offices on St Andrew’s Dock have been empty since the early 1970s. They have been the subject of numerous break-ins, fires and trespass in recent years. The pump house has also suffered extensive vandalism.
Hull City Council’s decision to save the buildings from demolition has provoked mixed reactions.