WHARNCLIFFE WORKS, SHEFFIELD Aug 2010
Wharncliffe Works, Green Lane in Sheffield. Owned by Mr. Gerald Duniec of Gerald Duniec & Company, Chartered Surveyors.
Following discussion at the City Centre and East Area Planning and Highways Board of 10 May 2004, members requested a report on the condition of Wharncliffe Works, Green Lane, and an indication of what powers are available to the Local Planning Authority, in the event of the condition of the building being unacceptable.
Wharncliffe Works, Green Lane, is currently owned by Mr. Gerald Duniec of Gerald Duniec & Company, Chartered Surveyors. The complex is in reasonable condition, although the Cornish Street range has suffered fire damage.
Wharncliffe Works, Green Lane was listed on 18 October 1988, at grade II, at which point the building was in fair condition, given that it was then occupied by Langsett Industries, Sheet Metal Workers.
In May 1992, permission was sought and approved to restore the building, and use the first and second floors of the complex as offices.
In March 1999, permission was sought and approved to convert part the complex to offices and consulting rooms, in a combined redevelopment of Wharncliffe Works, and Globe Works, on Penistone Road. This permission was not exercised, and has now lapsed.
The building was first placed upon the Listed Buildings at Risk Register in June 1993, and the then owner’s agent was also written to, informing him of the powers the Local Planning Authority has to execute urgent or necessary repairs under sections 54 and 48 of the Planning (Listed Building and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, and requiring certain works to be undertaken.
Following a bid for grant from English Heritage, in 1993, some £12,053 of grant was expended on the property, as a 25% contribution towards £48, 211.85 worth of works undertaken to the property.
A subsequent offer of grant aid was made to the current owner in 1998, but a letter to the City Council dated 23 November 1998, it was indicated that the deficit between the monies need to refurbish the building and development value was too great to be bridged by grant aid. The offer was not therefore pursued.
On 4 March 2004, officers from the Planning & Development section of Development Services met with the buildings owner, and his architect, to discuss new proposals for the conversion of the building to residential use. Officers responded positively to the proposals as tabled, but were not able to give a detailed evaluation as copes of the proposals were not provided.
An inspection of the external condition of the building was made on 17 May 2004. The buildings within the complex are considered to be in reasonable but somewhat deteriorating condition.The complex was assessed under the English Heritage Listed Buildings At Risk criteria in 1999, and was deemed to be in Risk Category 4.* This suggested that it was “to be monitored”.