Plans to demolish a Burntwood house dating back more than 130 years have been approved.

The current house at 117 Norton Lane

Developers are hoping to replace the building at 117 Norton Lane with a new four-bedroom property.

Documents reveal that the building first appeared on maps in 1883 and was believed to have originally been the home of agricultural or mining workers.

But a planning report revealed the cottage “does not retain a significant portion of its original fabric” to mean it warranted any historic protection.

The developer said the new home would be a “high quality design”.

“The modern, contemporary design of the proposal, and the new landscaping, with the retention of existing trees and boundary hedgerows, harmonises with surrounding development and helps soften and integrate the proposal into the area.

“It has been carefully designed to protect the amenity of both neighbouring residents and future residents of the development.”

Planning statement

Full details of proposal can be seen on Lichfield District Council’s planning website.

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  1. Why knock a Victorian house down???..Can’t they build around it and keep part of it…It might not look very nice at the min, but take away ugly windows and rendering it will have beautiful brickwork…

  2. Not all old buildings need to be demolished to make way for new. Incentives should be made to re-purpose existing structures where possible, so as to save resources and limit their impact on the environment, as we try to tackle the Climate Change Emergency.

  3. It wouldn’t be a matter for English Heritage, Johnneo. English Heritage was split some years ago; the body now known as ‘English Heritage’ is essentially a heritage property management charity similar to the National Trust. Historic England is now the government body with responsibility for enforcement of heritage legislation.

    In this particular case, 117 Norton Lane is not a listed building, and – for better or for worse – it’s not eligible for listing as so little of the original fabric of the building remains. Due diligence has been undertaken via a detailed heritage assessment, which can be found here:

    The assessment of significance begins on page 12, and page 13 contains the key points outlining why it’s ineligible for listing.

    You can search Historic England’s website to identify the listed properties in Burntwood via this page:

  4. Mike, apologies; how odd… I was able to follow the link and view the document on the 11th. But today it’s not working for me.

    But I’ve found a work-around for you.

    Go here:

    Then scroll about two thirds of the way down; you’ll see a line reading ’01 Jul 2020 – Heritage Statement – P19-2179 heritage statment’ [sic]. At the end of the line is a little ‘view document’ icon; click on that and the PDF should download; I hope.

    Again, apologies for the confusion.

  5. I once lived in a similar property about the same age, same frontage, Victorian. I loved that cottage and would still be living there if I hadn’t had to leave. I was ill with CFS and it preempted me being able to stay there as I had to retire early. I didn’t want to leave that characterful house. It had a history connected to the village told me by the oldest surviving inhabitant. Apparently the two properties adjacent were also owned by the same family, an undertaker and a blacksmith. I enjoyed listening to the story told by the oldest inhabitant of the village, my neighbour at the time, she was 82 and a painter, she wrote a book if my memory serves me right. I often used to go talk with her after moving in. It was a pleasure to listen to her stories. Isn’t this what life is about. It’s called ‘narrative’ and it’s about story telling through the generations. She was the only remaining living original inhabitant and she told me stories of the village when she was a young girl. It was fascinating and I could so imagine how it used to be when she was young. I loved going to talk with her. My grandchildren were young when I lived there, they loved that property and the garden. They were sad when I had to leave. They told me this after I had moved. I believe they saw it’s intrinsic value. It is a pity that the character of this property cannot be retained and a more up to date part built somehow around it as @Maxine says. With a bit of ingenuity and imagination it could be done as as happened with other similar properties. It just needs someone with the ability to undertake this type of work with a passion. Somehow it’s like passing the torch. From one generation to another. Otherwise the narrative gets lost.

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