Dovercourt: Councillors “keeping an eye on” grade II building
3:46pm Monday 31st January 2011
MAJOR concerns have been raised about a grade II listed building after reports part of it has collapsed.
Residents and councillors have written to Tendring Council expressing concern about Pound Farm, in Dovercourt.
Roof tiles on the historic building, which was a former farmhouse and bakery, have apparantly fallen off and one side is now completely derelict.
Stephanie Tyrer, mayor of Harwich, brought up the issue at the latest Harwich Town Council planning meeting.
Speaking afterwards she said: “I know a number of residents and councillors are very concerned about Pound Farm.
“We are just keeping our eyes open to see what happens next.
“We need to keep up the pressure on Tendring Council to make sure things at Pound Farm are moving along and the building is preserved for future generations.
“I know there are concerns that part of the farmhouse may now be beyond repair.”
The site has previously been earmarked for houses and in 2009 police discovered the house had been turned into a cannabis factory.
Nigel Brown, Tendring Council’s communications manager, said Pound Farm House is a grade II listed building which has been on the at risk register for some time.
“The site, which is scheduled for development, has recently changed hands and the property is in the corner of that site,” he said.
“The council’s conservation officer is currently in discussions with the new owners on the way forward for the house.”
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