Council hit by vandal accusation
The fate of a controversial proposal to convert an Grade II-listed Victorian water tower into a family home was set to be decided today.
Ashby Town Council, which owns the 50ft disused tower, in Moira Road, Ashby, wants planning permission to turn it into a two or three-bedroom house.
North West Leicestershire District Council's planning committee deferred making a decision on the application at its November meeting until English Heritage could comment on the proposed design.
The proposal includes a two story extension and three-storey staircase tower.
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Council officers have angered residents by recommending approval despite concerns raised by the heritage watchdog, which said it was unhappy at the scale of alteration and asked that the stair tower be relocated and the proposed living wall be abandoned.
Chris Tandy, vice-chairman of Ashby Civic Society, said: "The design submitted has no merit and is architectural vandalism of a landmark Grade II listed building.
"We are appalled that the objection of English Heritage, guardians of listed buildings, can be so easily brushed aside."