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Bradford Council’s hands were tied over Victorian orphanage demolition, says Civic Society chair

The head of Bradford’s Civic Society has expressed frustration at the decision to demolish the city’s Victorian orphanage.

Bradford Council has granted permission to demolish Joseph Nutter House, next to Horton Park.

The Orphanage was opened in the 1880s and was more recently used as a college, but has been empty since 2016.

The Chair of the Bradford Civic Society Si Cunningham had opposed the demolition, but said the council’s hands were tied.

He told Yorkshire Voice: “It’s not a listed building, and it’s not in a conservation area so it can actually be demolished by law.”

“It’s an important building in terms of Bradford’s history and heritage but unfortunately the national charity, Historic England, don’t think it’s of national significance so they’ve chosen not to list it and therefore it doesn’t actually have any legal protection as a building.

“So Bradford Civic Society will always try to stand up for buildings in Bradford that are at risk of demolition, but unfortunately we sometimes lose those battles,” he said.


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