PLANNING chiefs at Warrington have approved proposals to steam clean and descale the front elevation of historic Thelwall Old Hall, in Ferry Lane, Thelwall.
The Grade 2 Listed building – believed to date from the mid-17th century – is showing signs of frost damage and aging and planning officers say the work proposed will preserve what is regarded as a heritage asset.
Restoring work will also involve cutting out and replacing a section of one of the mullions with an appropriate stone match and to descale a second mullion, which is exhibiting more minor signs of damage.
Stonework on the front of the house has been damaged by frost leading to areas of loose stone on the face of the building.
Work will be carried out using hand tools only, by an experienced stonemason, to avoid causing further damage to the stonework.
Warrington Borough Council planners concede the proposals will result in the loss of some historic fabric however, the selective and sympathetic repair of the building will result in increased longevity of the historic asset. The scheme will preserve the special architectural and historic interest of the building and the character and appearance of the Thelwall Conservation Area.
There were no objections from neighbours.