[Bell Historians] Digest Number 2815

John H Allen john at jez7YnkDT8NYY2p4d0l9TkEf3dHauyZPWuIxqGRegWJQ7hAQgdC9Q09L9T27KoX9nkgh2s6SbWTTWfw.yahoo.invalid
Wed Mar 9 15:56:31 GMT 2011

And is certain parts of the UK - Controlled Ruination!




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On 09/03/2011, at 10:47 PM, Simon Linford <simonhippo at -UNylPJuXN4Zoe5RCPy1WpUXtZeXrSV3BlWjYTL00x8ryyatIzjVcEbYkftt44yrrASoAtE-Jht0CHN1Vg.yahoo.invalid> wrote:


Holy Trinity Bolton is not going to be turned into luxury apartments because
it doesn't stack up financially. And the planning consent has expired (or is
about to). I nearly bought it for a pound about nine months ago but
concluded that was about 250k too much. 


It is a sad lesson that if you don't keep empty churches wind and watertight
they deteriorate beyond the point of no return within about a year of a
decent size hole getting in the roof.  Which is what has happened. Seddons,
who own it, stopped doing any maintenance shortly after a surveyor stepped
backwards through a trap door in the tower which he had left opened and
killed himself. 



In western Australia we call this 'dereliction by design'.  

Because land here is generally far more valuable than the building on it (a
strange state of affairs in a country so large), owners allow a listed
building deteriorate to the extent where demolitionis the only viable
option.  The property can then be subdivided and a vast profit made on the







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