Re: Re: Should the Clarence Hotel redevelopment get permission?
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2. If permission is not granted what could happen is that U2 would sell the loss making hotel. No one would be interested in buying it, so it would be left to lie idle for years and years. Some cheap developer would finally come along and finally get planning permission for the ‘eyesore’ that it would become and so we’d end up up a substandard hotel designed by ‘Joe the builder’ architects.
While I understand your concerns, one thing worth pointing out is that there is a duty of care on owners of Protected Structures to ensure they don’t deteriorate, and they can be prosecuted under the PDA 2000 for failure to maintain their buildings.
It hasn’t happened much (if at all? Not sure if this was the mechanism used on Henrietta Street), but the provision exists nevertheless.