Courts Favour Prosecution Over Church School Blot on Landscape

Birmingham based Landstone Homes have been prosecuted in the courts due to them not carrying out urgent repairs on the old church school building on High Street, Goldenhill.

The developer was issued with a section 215 notice by Stoke on Trent City Council and because they failed to comply with the notice they received a £1300 bill by the courts.

The building has been an eyesore for the past eleven years and originally a planning application was awarded to the company to turn the building into flats.

Unfortunately for the people of Goldenhill the economic turndown in 2008 meant that the conversion of the property into self-contained flats was shelved and the only thing that followed was ongoing vandalism and arson in 2015 when the building was set on fire.

It was reported that Landstone Homes failed to attend the court hearing and no further comments have been received by the company.

Sandyford and Goldenhill Residents’ Association secretary Tom Simpson said: “Children have been breaking into the old church school building left, right and centre; it was set on fire a few years ago and we have tried to get something done with the land”.

Mr Simpson commented that St John’s Church which is next door to the old school is a listed building and that has caused a lot of problems for the company in respect to developing the land.

Tom Simpson went onto say that he is happy there has been court action taken and that the firm has been fined, although he shared concerns that this may not be enough to encourage Landstone Homes to make the required repairs or to further develop the land.

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