A proposal to restore Scraptoft Hall, a much-neglected Georgian mansion, as part of a large development scheme has been challenged by English Heritage.
In what may be seen as a return to the mis-guided approaches of the 1970s and 80s, a local developer has dangled the ‘carrot’ of restoration of the Hall whilst seeking permission to build a huge 103-apartment retirement village in the grounds.
Scraptoft Hall was largely built in the early 1720s but the core dates back to the 1500s, however, in recent decades the elegant house had been adandoned and beset by theft and idiot vandals who had set fire to some areas.
Harborough District Council is ‘minded’ to approve the plans but English Heritage has objected that the proposals would seriously compromise the setting of the hall.
If approved this scheme would reduce this elegant house to a mere architectural curiousity in the middle of a huge development. The Council should reject this scheme – even if the developers claim it’s the only hope. The sacrificing of the house to enabling development is make a mockery of heritage protection and would encourage other like-minded developers to consider that all old buildings with a bit of land are fair game for their destructive tendencies.
Details of the inquiry: Scraptoft Hall redevelopment inquiry
Full story: ‘Project ‘will restore Scraptoft Hall to its former glory’‘ [Leicester Mercury]