Derelict 19th-century Stoke house could be demolished following multiple arson attacks

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New plans have been submitted to the council regarding the demolition of the 19th-century Ford Green House after years of lying derelict. 

The building, which is located in Smallthorne, Stoke-on-Trent, dates back to 1843. While it is not a listed building, Ford Green House is considered a non-designated heritage asset. 

Having lain empty for several years, the building has frequently been targeted by vandals and arsonists. 

The heritage impact statement featured in the demolition application describes the property as an eyesore and currently in a dangerous condition. It also suggests that the building has limited architectural quality. 

The statement, which was put together by Richard K Morriss and Associates, suggests that a restoration project would be more hassle than it is worth. 

It states: “The degree of necessary rebuilding work to restore the property is such that more of its fabric would need to be lost in the process and the end result would be in effect little more than a replica utilising the salvageable elements of the external shell.”

The plans have been submitted by Mr Khan of Burslem. Mr Khan, whose previous demolition application was rejected due to limited information, hopes to build three new homes on the site. Ford Green House is not to be confused with the grade-II-listed Ford Green Hall.

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