Planning battle looms over new garage at historic house


A PLANNING battle looks likely over a mid-Victorian house originally built for the staff at historic Grappenhall Heys – one-time home of banker Thomas Parr.

The house, in Broad Lane, Grappenhall has undergone alterations in the past and is now a pair of semi-detached properties – Dene Hey and Little Dene Hey.

Now the owner of Dene Hey has applied to Warrington Borough Council for permission to demolish a double garage which is in a poor condition and replace it with a new garage and office space which would be more in sympathy with the architecture of the main house.

But the owner of Little Dene Hey has objected and claims that the new garage would be double the height of the existing garage and would be relocated closer to Little Dene Hey.

Another Broad Lane resident has supported the proposals and says the design and materials specification of the new garage will make a positive contribution to the conservation area

The property is not a Listed building but is said to be of local interest and is within the Grappenhall Conservation Area.

It was originally built by Thomas Parr – founder of Parr’s Bank – to accommodate staff working at his home, Grappenhall Heys the now-demolished mansion which gave its name to the popular Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden, now a major visitor attraction.


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