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Amended plans submitted for Trap Maker’s premises

Amended plans have been submitted for the Taylor Street Trap Maker’s site but local campaigners are unhappy.

Back in April we reported on a planning application which would see the last remaining trap maker’s premises in Wednesfield demolished to make way for housing.

The Trap Maker’s premises at 43 Taylor Street, Wednesfield is the final reminder of a time when Wednesfield was the centre of the trap making world.

The designation of the building by Wolverhampton City Council’s Historic Environment Officer meant the heritage status would have to be take into consideration should any planning applications come in that would affect the site.

Amended planning application

Since the  initial planing application was made over 50 objections were registered on the council’s planning website, along with many more in writing and the owner of the building has now submitted an amended application.

Our understanding of the new application (which for some reason isn’t available online) is that the developer plans to keep the facade (frontage) of the building and add some kind of plaque recognising the building’s history, but the majority of the building will still be demolished.

Local heritage campaigners are not happy with this new plan and have called for the building to be saved and restored in it’s entirety, or taken down and reconstructed at a heritage centre such as the Black Country History Museum.

Supporters must object to new plans

Now that  an amended plan has been submitted anyone who wishes to object to this new plan needs to do so again on the council’s planning website or in writing. Your initial objection will not count against these new plans.

How to object to the planning application

There are two ways you can object to the planning application:

  1. By using the Wolverhampton and Building Control website to lodge an objection (more info below)
  2. By emailing the planner dealing with the application directly: ann.wheeldon@wolverhampton.gov.uk

The Council don’t make it particularly easy to object via the Building Control website, but the entire process won’t take more than 5 minutes – here are some instructions on how to do this:

  1. Go to the Wolverhampton and Building Control website
  2. Agree to the terms and conditions  – ‘I agree’ link at the very bottom of the page
  3. Search for ‘Taylor Street’, the first result should be the one you want – click on this
  4. Once the application opens up, click on the ‘make a public comment’ link and fill in the form to make your objection

Photo: Black Country Bugle.

One reply on “Amended plans submitted for Trap Maker’s premises”

I have received an email with more amended plans. This time the house is staying, the frontage of the works will be retained, the back demolished and its to be converted to a bungalow.

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