The new designs have been extensively discussed with Stockport Council's Conservation Officer, and the architects and I have been discussing potential copying of H. J. Austin features from his Lancaster home, The Knoll, for the refitting of the completely burnt out, vandalized interior
I commend the scheme to you and hope you may be interested to look up the scheme or write supportive comments during the planning process. The site has been derelict for too long. And this positive scheme offers best hope for the famous vicarage, and general enhancements to the curtilage of the Grade 1 site as a whole.
To: Chester Diocesan Board of Education (owner); Stockport Council Planning Committee; Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Save St. George's Vicarage, Stockport
30/1/17 - We Won!
As of 17:15pm today, Monday 30th January 2017, the online and hard copy petition signatures to save St. George's Vicarage, Stockport totalled 502 - We just received good news that the architect-developers, Purcell, and their client, the Chester Diocesan Board of Education, have withdrawn their demolition application today (as our petition suggested) before Stockport Council could determine the case.
Objections to demolition had been received from Historic England, the Victorian Society and the Ancient Monuments Society, besides, in this petition:
275 concerned Stockport citizens (55% of all petitioners) of whom well over half live near to or regularly pass by the Vicarage site;
47 neighbouring Mancunians;
At least nine eminent architectural historians expert in Victorian and Edwardian architecture;
20 prominent architects and conservation officers;
Numerous members of the Victorian Society nationwide (from Lerwick in the Shetlands to St. Helier in Jersey; and
The Stockport diaspora, including renowned authoress and media star, Baroness Joan Bakewell
The Stockport Heritage and Building Preservation Trusts have just asked Stockport Council to intervene now and call a meeting with the architect-developers and the Diocese to discuss appropriate and sufficient enabling development to repair and restore the Vicarage. Or suffer the service of a Repairs Notice to stem the awful longstanding neglect of the listed building.