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Perth City Hall

Current position

Perth City Hall is listed category B. This denotes it being considered by Historic Scotland as a historic building of regional significance.

A listed building consent application for the demolition of Perth City Hall was lodged with Perth & Kinross Council on 17 February 2014. The application can be viewed on the council’s planning website by typing in the reference number: 14/00292/LBC

The application was advertised for public notice in order to enable people to have their say. This was for a statutory 21-day period which concluded on Friday 14 March 2014.

We were consulted by the Council on the application at this pre-decision stage and our reply is below.

Historic Scotland will not be inviting representations on the application. Should the Council refer the application to us it will include all of the submissions made to them.


Perth & Kinross Council’s position

On 11 December 2013 Perth & Kinross Councillors voted to proceed with plans to demolish Perth City Hall to create a civic square in its place.

This followed a re-marketing exercise of the building carried out by Perth & Kinross Council. A report on the outcome of the re-marketing is available on the Council’s website (see item 13, 11-December-2013).

Because Perth City Hall is a category B listed building, in seeking its demolition Perth & Kinross Council has to meet the terms of Scottish Historic Environment Policy (‘SHEP’) (see para 3.50 ).

Perth & Kinross Council cannot grant itself listed building consent.

Should the Council confirm it is minded that listed building consent should be granted, their application will be made to Historic Scotland (acting on behalf of Scottish Ministers).

The Council has compiled information on the case which can be viewed on its own website.



The role of Historic Scotland

Where a planning authority is itself the applicant, listed building consent applications are made to Historic Scotland to assess on behalf of Ministers.

This means that if Perth & Kinross Council is minded to approve demolition of Perth City Hall their listed building consent application will be made to Historic Scotland where it will be assessed independently against the SHEP.

Whilst a 28-day turnaround period is normal for dealing with listed building consent applications, there is no statutory deadline for a local authority application while more complex cases can take longer to determine.  


Previous case history


At a meeting on 16 November 2011 Perth and Kinross Council approved the planning application for the formation of the City Square. At the same meeting they were also minded to approve the listed building application for the demolition of Perth City Hall to create the public square. As the building is owned by Perth and Kinross Council and the listed building application was made by them, it was referred to Historic Scotland to determine on behalf of Scottish Ministers. (Details associated with the former listed building application and planning application for the square are available on the Council’s website.)

On 9 May 2012 the listed building consent application for the demolition of Perth City Hall was refused. Our decision letter and report of handling set out why we reached this decision and are available below, along with the representations we received then.

On 11 December 2013 Perth & Kinross Councillors voted for a second time to proceed with plans to demolish Perth City Hall to create a civic square in its place.

This followed a re-marketing exercise of the building carried out by Perth & Kinross Council. A report on the outcome of the re-marketing is available on the Council’s website (see item 13, 11-December-2013).


Background

Perth City Hall is a prominently-sited civic building beside the A-listed St John’s Kirk, and within Perth’s former market place. It was listed category B on 26 August 1977 and is within the Perth Central Conservation Area.  It has been redundant since 2005.

The memorial stone was laid by Lord Provost Cuthbert in 1909 and the design exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy in 1912. The architects, appointed after competition, were H. E. Clifford and Thomas Lunan. Clifford was one of a generation of Glasgow-based architects influenced by the architecture of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and this is reflected in the building’s architectural style. It has coupled giant Ionic columns and sculptural enrichments, while the interior has a galleried large main hall and a correspondingly classical character.


Related Documents


PDF icon Letter to Perth and Kinross Council 14 March 2014 [PDF, 43KB]
PDF icon Perth City Hall decision notice 9th May 2012[PDF, 51.27kb]
PDF icon Perth City Hall report of Handling 2nd May 2012[142.59kb]
PDF icon Perth City Hall representation 1 [PDF, 15,820kb]
PDF icon Perth City Hall representation 2 [PDF, 3,486kb]
PDF icon Perth City Hall representation 3 [PDF, 10,231kb]
PDF icon Perth City Hall representation 4 [PDF, 4,380kb]
PDF icon Perth City Hall representation 5 [PDF, 13,435kb]
PDF icon Perth City Hall representation 6 [PDF, 7,770kb]
PDF icon Perth City Hall representation 7 [PDF, 7,948kb]
PDF icon Perth City Hall representation 8 [PDF, 1,566kb]
PDF icon Managing Change in the Historic Environment Guidance Note on Demolition[PDF,2.23mb]
PDF icon Scottish Historic Environment Policy[PDF, 636KB]
PDF icon Letter to Perth and Kinross Council 23 September 2011 [PDF, 53kb]
PDF icon Letter to Perth and Kinross Council 10 August 2011 [PDF, 50KB]
PDF icon Letter to Perth and Kinross Council 8 July 2011 [PDF, 50kb]

Planning Application Summary - Demolition of City Hall and construction of a new City Square | Perth City Halls King Edward Street Perth PH1 5UG

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