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Council steps in to restore historic building

24 February 2016

Sheffield Council has stepped in to restore a historic building on one of the main arterial routes into the city centre.

The work has been carried out on the Lion Works at Spital Hill to preserve the building’s heritage status and its prominent position on the Sheffield skyline. The Lion Works has historically been high on the agenda of local politicians and community groups, who were all keen to see the building restored.

Now the Grade II listed building has undergone a £240,000 restoration of the roof and supporting structures thanks to Sheffield City Council’s successful ‘Stuck Sites’ programme. This scheme makes funds available to tackle neglected sites and heritage buildings at risk, where there is the chance to kick start housing or residential development.

Lion Works has the potential to realise between 30 and 45 residential dwellings, for which the owners have previously submitted a pre-application.

Now the Council’s planning department are working with them and their representatives towards the submission of a full application.

The full cost of the work, which began in April 2015 and was completed last September, is subject to a land charge. Land charges are recoverable upon sale of the land or development, and any subsequent sale of development on the land.

Should it be necessary, the sale of the land can be enforced to recover all debts under Enforced Sale Procedure (ESP). The Council has a successful record in recovering costs from ESP action.

The work carried out on the building was reported at yesterday’s (23 February) Planning and Highways Committee.

Councillor Alan Law, Chair of the Committee said: “We felt it was really important to take the initiative to bring this important, historic building back into use. It had become an eyesore, but now has the potential to provide much-needed housing on the fringe of the city centre as well as enhancing the regeneration work already completed in the Spital Hill area.”

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