Bid to list Reynard’s Garage in Piccadilly, York, turned down by Eric Pickles

York Press: Communities Secretary Eric Pickles turned down bid to list Reynard’s Garage in Piccadilly Communities Secretary Eric Pickles turned down bid to list Reynard’s Garage in Piccadilly

COMMUNITIES Secretary Eric Pickles has decided not to list a former aircraft factory in York city centre, dealing another blow to hopes of turning it into a 1930s visitor attraction.

Reynard’s Garage in Piccadilly, where aircraft manufactuer Airspeed was based in the 30s, was put up for sale by City of York Council last year as part of moves to regenerate the area.

One of the nine bids received involved the Yorkshire Air Museum in a scheme to create an exhibition about the 1930s, including aviation but also speed, fashion, design and film.

But council leader James Alexander said last November there had been “significant” interest in the building from hotel chains and it was likely to become a four-star hotel with business conferencing facilities.

Now Mr Pickles has turned down an application to designate the site as a listed building.Conservationist Alison Sinclair described the decision as ‘very disappointing', as it was difficult to see how the old garage could survive if the site was to be sold for a hotel.

However, she said the structure had been listed as a Building of Merit in a City Centre conservation area appraisal carried out for the council in 2011 and this had to be a 'material consideration' in determining any planning application for the building.

It had also been one of the earliest nominations on York’s Local List of buildings of historic interest, on account of its connections with the aero industry, which would be another material consideration.

She suggested discussions between the Air Museum and the council, which were broken off last year, might now be restarted, adding: "The Airspeed exhibition in the original premises would be a completely appropriate and satisfactory solution for the future of the old building."

Museum director Ian Reed said it would still be interested in pursuing the idea of a 1930s exhibition, which would include aviation history and a plane placed on display, if the council was prepared to discuss the matter.

A council spokeswoman said the Secretary of State turned down a listed building application as there were insufficient grounds. "The council is therefore continuing with the process to select a developer for this site," she said.

"The remainder of the points raised will be dealt with as part of the planning process when the time comes."

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11:06am Sat 21 Jun 14

Dave Ruddock says...

I do find it funny/annoying as if this was/is a council owned building and left to decay to the extent its a danger. As for the aircraft manufacture was refused an Airfield to use, show and sell their aircraft. So its the Council that killed off any form of aircraft industry. The whole area needs bringing up to date. Oh and the Archaeologists are waiting in the wings...
I do find it funny/annoying as if this was/is a council owned building and left to decay to the extent its a danger. As for the aircraft manufacture was refused an Airfield to use, show and sell their aircraft. So its the Council that killed off any form of aircraft industry. The whole area needs bringing up to date. Oh and the Archaeologists are waiting in the wings... Dave Ruddock
  • Score: -9

12:53pm Sat 21 Jun 14

bloodaxe says...

Just for once Pickles has got it right.
Just for once Pickles has got it right. bloodaxe
  • Score: 21

4:01pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Digeorge says...

That includes an asbestos survey and contamination.
That includes an asbestos survey and contamination. Digeorge
  • Score: 9

12:17pm Sun 22 Jun 14

anistasia says...

If it as to come down any new building could display a plaque saying what was there before.like the graves moved from fossbank carpark there is a plaque on the wall telling us what was there first.but longer they leave this building the worse it will get then they will turn round say its too dilapidated too costly to repair so knock it down.hence they get their way in the end.
If it as to come down any new building could display a plaque saying what was there before.like the graves moved from fossbank carpark there is a plaque on the wall telling us what was there first.but longer they leave this building the worse it will get then they will turn round say its too dilapidated too costly to repair so knock it down.hence they get their way in the end. anistasia
  • Score: 6

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