Concern over listed building in Chichester

SERIOUS concerns about the deteriorating condition of a disused Grade II listed 18th-century building in Chichester are being expressed by city councillors.

The Priest’s House, in Whyke Road, once used as a scout headquarters, was damaged by fire about two years ago.

The city planning and conservation committee was told there had been a tarpaulin over the roof since the fire.

Planning adviser Tim Paine said this had developed splits and holes, and was letting the rain through, not doing the timber roof structure remaining any good at all.

He had taken up the matter with the district council’s historic buildings advisor, who was looking into the matter, with on-going discussions about the issue of ownership and the property’s future.

The committee agreed to express its concern about the deterioration of the building, It is asking the district council – as the local planning authority – to require the owners to put new tarpaulin over it while discussions about its future continue.

Cllr Pam Dignum said Whyke Residents’ Association knew the ownership had changed hands.

“They know the ownership has changed hands,” she added. “They would love to use this as a community facility if only they could get a solution to the ownership and repair problems.

“The building could have a good future if ownership is resolved.”