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The facts over plans; Your say.

FOR 17 years the buildings at 15-25 Albert Road, which are owned by Jomast Developments, have been redundant and disused.

As town centre ward councillors we are frequently asked if there is anything that we can do about these unsightly buildings.

Unfortunately, as the council didn't own the buildings, a solution was outside the powers of the council and in the hands of the owners.

That is fact and no amount of wishful thinking and fantasy planning by those who would wish it otherwise can change it.

When writing about planning and development matters it is important to adhere to planning law, who actually owns the building or land in question and if the building is listed as protected.

When considering our response as ward councillors to Jomast's planning application, we were well aware of those and other criteria.

The Jomast buildings are not protected by listed building status as this and previous governments did not consider them worthy of listed building status.

What that means in law is that the owner can demolish the building and rebuild. As ward councillors we may not like that, but we deal in fact.

One thing we have in common with the critics of Jomast's plans is the importance of doing something with this part of Albert Road.

We all might prefer another set of plans but that is in the gift of the owner and developer. What we do not want is another 17 years of buildings being left redundant and unused.

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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Apr 30, 2012
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