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A question of Consett’s Heritage

by Owen Temple on 6 September, 2017

  1. Can you place this archway?
  2. Can you remember what previously lay behind it?
  3. Do you know how it originated?

Probably most readers will recognise it as being on Delves Lane, opposite the entrance to B&M Superstore (formerly Tesco). Many will remember that it used to front Lister’s scrapyard. Fewer will know that it was once the entrance to the Victory Pit which closed in the 60s.

Now it’s under threat as Lidl seek to build a new store on the site, and the councillors for Delves Lane have asked for maximum publicity to be given to this application and the loss of the landmark. They favour a requirement being placed on the applicant to incorporate the landmark somewhere within the site if the application is to be approved. Without such a requirement one of the last vestiges of Consett’s heritage as a big coal-mining are (once employing more people than the steelworks) will disappear.

If you’d like to see the application you can do so here.

The local councillors have asked for as many local people as possible to write in expressing their views. For what it is worth the “Heritage Assessment” commissioned from Archaeological Surveys of Durham University by Lidl as part of the application process concluded: “The buildings do not have sufficient heritage value to merit retention. It is recommended that, prior to demolition, a photographic record of the structures is made in line with Historic England guidelines (Understanding Historic Buildings, 2016). ”

Of more interest to us is what you think.

If you have a view, please write in to the Planning Department at County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL quoting Reference DM/16/03715/FPA.

Alternatively you can register for access to the planning portal here and then make your comment(s) online.

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