Council refuses to apply to list the historic Crewe Baths so Councillor applies to Historic England in effort to save the bath's historic exterior from demolition.
UKIP Councillor Brian Silvester has applied for the exterior of Crewe Baths to be listed.He said,"I am angry that Cheshire East Council have refused to apply for it to be listed.Crewe Baths is a 1930's art deco building. Crewe has few historic buildings and even of those it has,many have been demolished over the years.
At the very least the historic exterior front of the building should be retained in any future development.The baths are due to close shortly and be sold off when the new baths in the town centre become operative.I would urge local residents to write to the Council and to Historic England to ask for the historic exterior to be preserved and retained in any future development.
See e-mail from Council and listing application below.
Cllr Brian Silvester
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From: RODGERS, Elizabeth <Elizabeth.Rodgers@cheshireeast.gov.uk>
Date: Fri, Mar 18, 2016 at 10:11 AM
Subject: RE: crewe baths.
To: brian silvester <email@example.com>
Thank you for your emails.
Unfortunately, we are extremely pressed in terms of volume of work and do not presently have the resources to make a spot listing request to Historic England. However, other parties can also apply for buildings to be added to the statutory list. Consequently, If you think the building warrants listing then you can submit your request to them online using the following link https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/apply-for-listing/.
I would comment however that when the building was placed on the local list some years ago, then subsequently included within the Local List SPD in 2010, the conservation officers involved at the time objectively assessed the building and are likely to have concluded that it did not warrant statutory listing.
We will consider any future development proposals that we are consulted upon in the light of the local list status of the building/saved Policy BE13 of the adopted replacement local plan for Crewe & Nantwich 2005 and paragraph 135 of the NPPF.