Nelson eyesore building in conservation area to be demolished


A long-standing Nelson eyesore in a conservation area can be demolished, have agreed.

Members of Pendle Council’s Nelson Committee agreed to a request from the council’s joint venture company, Pearl2, for the demolition of the presbytery at the junction of Macleod Street and Every Street, which has stood empty for many years.

A report to members said the building was “a partial shell” and was in an “extremely poor” condition with a considerrable amount of the external fabric no longer in place.

The permission granted by councillors also allows for the demolition of six houses and a vacant bottle store on Mosley Street and the erection of 14 terraced houses in three blocks.

The presbytery, built in 1897 along with St Joseph’s RC Church – the original church was destroyed in a fire in 1960 and a replacement building was demolished nine years ago after the closure of the church – has fallen into disrepair over the years and has been surrounded by scaffolding for some time.