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Demolition of the Church of St Faith approved

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St Faiths church Aberford Road Wakefield arson attck
Distroyed by fire court case two men accused of the attack

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A Grade-II listed church which was torched by arsonists will be demolished, despite objections from councillors and English Heritage.

Wakefield Council granted Linfit Investments Ltd permission to knock down the Church of St Faith, which was built in the grounds of the former Stanley Royd Hospital in 1861.

The company wants to build flats on the site on the corner of Aberford Road and Eastmoor Road.

It says that the damage caused by the arson attack in 2012 was so severe it would not be financially viable to restore the church.

Wakefield Civic Society, West Yorkshire Archaeology Service and The Victorian Society all objected to the proposal along with English Heritage.

Ward councillors Olivia Rowley and Ros Lund also spoke out against the demolition.

Coun Rowley said: “I have to say, as a local member I feel irritated, disappointed and frustrated about the fate of St. Faith Church in what was Stanley Royd.

“The building has been in the same person’s ownership I understand for sometime now. Little seems to have been done to ensure it was protected and now we are at a stage where it has finally reached a state where it has to be demolished. It really is unacceptable.”

A spokesman for English Heritage said: “Even though the Church of St Faith has been damaged by fire, it is still of value.

“English Heritage objected to the proposed demolition because we do not think that government planning policy has been followed and we believe some element of the building should be retained as part of a redevelopment, as a memory of the chapel’s role as part of Stanley Royd Hospital.”

In March, Michael John Lill, of Arundel Close, Wakefield, and Jason Sulley, of Hornbeam Avenue, Silcoates Park, both aged 23, were jailed for three-and-a-half years for carrying out the arson attack.

Leeds Crown Court was told they caused £850,000 worth of damage.

 
 
 

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