In July 2011 we reported that a historic building in Wednesfield had been designated as a heritage asset by the City Council after a campaign by resident Erica Williams
The building in question, a former Trap Maker’s premises at 43 Taylor Street, Wednesfield is the only remaining trap making premises in Wednesfield and 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.
Building under threat
On 14th March, 2012 a planning application was made to demolish the building and replace it with houses:
“Proposed demolition of existing dwelling and factory unit and construction of two, three-bedroom dwellings fronting Duke Street and two four-bedroom dwellings fronting Taylor Street.”
Erica has now approached WV11.co.uk asking us to raise awareness of the planning application and encourage anyone who wants to save an important part of Wednesfield’s history to write and object.
How to object to the planning application
There are two ways you can object to the planning application:
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
5. If you want tips on how to write a good objection, read this blog post
Comment: WV11.co.uk fully supports the campaign to save a piece of Wednesfield’s rapidly disappearing heritage, we have made an objection to the planning application and we hope you do too.
We will be posting more information about the history of this building in the coming days.
Photo: Black Country Bugle.