A DERELICT Louth ‘eyesore’ could be replaced by eight town houses under a new planning application.
The former Allinson’s printworks in Queen Street and attached buildings, some of which date back to the early 1800s, would be demolished.
However consultees The Victorian Society, who champion Victorian architecture, have strongly objected.
The society says that the buildings are ‘eminently capable of being repaired and converted to become an attractive asset to Louth’.
According to the application the buildings have been out of use for seven years, are not useable or saleable, and their condition is ‘worsening’.
“The empty retail units create a bad initial impression on the otherwise bustling town centre,” said agent Jonathan Hendry Architects in the plans.
The plans also explain that the site has been on the market for sale for six-and-a-half years without success.
One of the buildings, a warehouse, was built in the mid-1830s while another, a former brewery, dates back to 1896 or 1897
Chris Costelloe, conservation adviser for The Victorian Society, said: “The existing pictures form a picturesque group, and have substantial historic and architectural interest.
“The same cannot be said of their proposed replacements.”
He added that in the current economic climate it is ‘highly unlikely’ that any development will commence.
Meanwhile one neighbour consulted claimed that the demolition of the buildings will deprive a colony of swifts of their annual nesting site.
Swifts are now on the RSPB’s ‘amber list’, meaning they are birds of conservation concern and that their population is at risk.
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