4:20pm Friday 28th March 2014
By Gina Bebbington
A LANDMARK tower could finally be rebuilt in Sandiway this summer.
Applications to reconstruct the much-loved Round Tower, which stood in the middle of the A556 at its junction with Norley Road, will be submitted within the next month.
The Grade II listed structure was demolished after a car ploughed into it in November.
Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) said the demolition was in the interests of public safety as the tower had been left unstable after the crash.
CWAC’s building officers are almost ready to submit both a planning application and a listed building application, which will be considered by planners and the Government before work can begin.
A council spokesman said: “In the next four weeks building officers will submit a planning application and a listed building consent application, to rebuild the Grade ll listed Round Tower in Northwich at its location on the A556.
“The application will be submitted to the council’s planning department, where it will be the subject of an eight week determination process, as well as a 21 day public consultation period.
“This consultation period will also seek the views of relevant conservation bodies, including English Heritage.
“Once this eight week period has concluded, the council’s planning officers will consider the submissions on the proposal and then submit a recommendation for either approval or refusal of the application to the Secretary of State, who then have a further eight weeks to determine whether or not to uphold the council’s recommendations.
“If the recommendation is for approval from the Secretary of State, a tender process will take place for a suitable conservation contractor, with a view to rebuilding work starting on the tower during the summer months.”
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