by Lib Dem team on 28 July, 2021
Historic England have announced that Belmont, formerly Belmont Care Home, at 57 Schools Hill Cheadle, has been given Grade II listed designation.
The welcome news comes just days after a fire destroyed large parts of the roof. The council recently gave planning permission for Belmont to be split into flats, with houses built in the grounds. However, in recent months the Lib Dem team have repeatedly complained that security measures put in place by the developers were wholly insufficient.
“Despite fencing being erected on site, people have been able to simply walk in for several months. Outer gates were left unlocked and the fencing had a large gap in it. The fire was only the most recent incident with windows and a section of the wall being damaged,” said Cllr Iain Roberts. “We have asked the developer to properly secure the premises on several occasions but it hasn’t happened. We can’t help wondering if they might have wanted this historic gem to be damaged.”
“The decision by Historic England to give Belmont Grade II Listed status is fantastic news,” Iain said. “We now have to see how that impacts the planning application and the future for the building.”16 Comments