Have your say on the plans for the Old Town Hall
The Friends of the Old Town Hall will be holding an open meeting on Monday 23rd September to give supporters an opportunity to look in depth at the planning application submitted for redevelopment of Sheffield’s historic former Town Hall and Courthouse, in Waingate.
The meeting will be at 7pm on 23rd September at the Gardeners’ Rest in Neepsend Lane. There will be a presentation on what’s planned by the developer, and an opportunity for discussion and shaping the Friends’ response before it goes to the City Council.
‘This is a critical moment for the Old Town Hall’, says Friends’ joint hon sec Brian Holmshaw. ‘This is the first time a planning application has been made since the building was left empty in 1995. We’re as keen as anyone in the city to see this badly neglected building restored, but applications like this are always challenging and we want to establish what Friends generally think about the proposals’.
The planning application would involve converting the building into a mix of serviced apartments, hotel rooms and what is called a ‘souk’ – an indoor market on the lower floor. ‘We’re pleased there is someone prepared to invest in the building’ says Brian. ‘We know from all the work we’ve been able to do on potential uses and the scale of the damage to be repaired that it won’t be easy’. But the Friends’ committee has reservations which it wants to discuss at next week’s meeting. ‘We know you can’t regenerate a listed building like this without some compromises around the balance between keeping historic features and making sustainable use of what’s there. We want to know if supporters feel the balance has been struck in the right place. So come along and have your say’.
105 Neepsend Lane