Perth City Hall Decision
9 May 2012
Perth City Hall Decision:
“Historic Scotland, on behalf of Scottish Ministers received an application from Perth and Kinross Council seeking permission to demolish the B-listed Perth City Hall. After careful consideration we have refused permission for its demolition.
“Any application to demolish a listed building is scrutinised against the Scottish Historic Environment Policy. The policy states that no listed building should be demolished unless it has been clearly demonstrated that every effort has been made to retain it.
“As part of this policy, applicants must demonstrate that they have made a case for demolition against one of four tests. It is our belief, on the evidence presented by Perth and Kinross Council, that they have not made the case for demolition and that the alternatives have not been fully explored.
“We have advised Perth and Kinross council of the decision and would be happy to offer advice on next steps.”
There are four tests in the Scottish Historic Environment Policy in relation to the demolition of a listed building. It is Scottish Ministers’ policy that no listed building should be demolished unless it can be clearly demonstrated that every effort has been made to retain it. These tests are:
a.the building is not of special interest; or
b.the building is incapable of repair; or
c.the demolition of the building is essential to delivering significant
benefits to economic growth or the wider community; or
d.the repair of the building is not economically viable and that it has been marketed at a price reflecting its location and condition to potential restoring purchasers for a reasonable period.”
An applicant needs to make the case against one of these tests.
Further information can be found here: www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/perthcityhall