Permission sought on Hitchin Town Hall work

Hitchin town hall

Hitchin town hall - Credit: Archant

A retrospective application for listed building consent has been submitted to North Herts District Council after work was carried out on a Grade II listed building without permission.

Last week the Comet reported that restoration work on the £4.39m Hitchin Town Hall project could be deemed a ‘criminal offence’ after building consent was not obtained.

The work at the Brand Street property – carried out by contractors appointed by North Herts District Council (NHDC) – includes pipework in the foyer, which has not had the necessary approval from English Heritage.

According to the English Heritage website, “listed building consent is required for all works of demolition, alteration or extension to a listed building that affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest”.

The application was received by the district council on Thursday last week.

Four Hitchin community groups, including English Heritage are being consulted by NHDC.