Please object to the planning application 22/03350/FUL involving the demolition of 136-138 London Road pictured below.  The Highfield Cocoa and Coffee House was built in 1877 by Sir Frederick Thorpe Mappin to designs by M. E. Hadfield & Son.  This imposing building, decorated with intricate terracotta features and fine arched windows has a rich and fascinating history, described below, and is mentioned in Pevsner, the authoritative architectural guide. 

Given the architectural and historical value of the building we believe it is imperative that the building is protected and we have applied for the building to be added to the South Yorkshire local list. The developer has repeatedly claimed that the building is old and dilapidated but has yet to give any evidence to show that it is not in sound and reusable condition. They want permission to replace the Mappin’s building with the image below.

The proposed building is completely at odds with the neighbouring buildings which give London Road its defining Victorian character. Mappin’s Coffee House complements the Victorian shop fronts alongside it. The proposed replacement building would be a disproportionate and overbearing blight on London Road.

Appeal against the proposal

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