Victoria Hotel owner’s warning landmark could be demolished in repairs bill ‘row’

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Historic Victoria Hotel in Keighley could be demolished if Bradford Council does not help fund refurbishments, warns its owner.

Harendra Patel said his company – Cavendish Keighley Properties Ltd – might not be able to afford repairs to the ornate facade without financial support.

Mr Patel, who plans to convert the Cavendish Street building into flats and shops as part of an ambitious project, said the firm would only have enough money to renovate the interior.

The Leicester-based business bought Victoria Hotel in early 2013, announcing plans in late summer to provide eight flats and four ground-floor shops.

Mr Patel said his company intended to submit a planning application to Bradford Council early this year, ready for construction work to start in June or July.

But while he claims the local authority has agreed in principle to the scheme, it has not been sympathetic to requests for financial assistance, such as a loan, in order to retain the building’s historic facade.

Mr Patel said: “They don’t want to help. We’re trying to keep the facade, but if we can’t afford to retain it, we may have to knock it down and rebuild from the bottom up.”

Councillors this week reacted with dismay at the news, expressing fears Keighley could potentially be left with a ‘black hole’ on the corner of Cavendish Street and East Parade – one of the prime entrances to the town.

Lord Mayor of Bradford, Khadim Hussain, who represents Keighley Central ward in which the hotel is located, said he would be “very sad” to lose such a long-standing part of Keighley’s heritage.

But he added: “Gone are the days when we can give handouts. We try to support business, but when the council is having massive cuts, we can’t give hard cash.”

Fellow ward councillor, Abid Hussain, who has long campaigned for the building to be restored to its former glory, questioned the logic of the company’s claims.

He said: “It will cost a few hundred thousand pounds to knock the building down but a lot of money to rebuild it.”

If the Victoria Hotel is demolished, he added he hoped any new building would complement the planned Worth Valley Shopping Centre in nearby East Parade.

The Victoria Hotel, which is not a listed building, lies outside the Keighley Townscape Heritage Initiative zone – centred on North Street and High Street – which is receiving £2.7 million of council and lottery cash to refurbish Victorian and Edwardian buildings.

Mr Patel said another option would be to put the building back on the market after gaining planning permission for the flats and shops.

District councillor Andrew Mallinson, who sits on Keighley Town Centre Association, said he was extremely concerned at the suggestion public money should be put into a private business.

He added: “The council faces some serious financial issues. I would hope any investor would come forward with a good financial package themselves.”

A Bradford Council planning spokesman said: “We wish to promote the re-use of this landmark building and would be flexible regarding options. No planning application has been submitted.”

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9:59am Thu 9 Jan 14

Katiery says...

Mr Patel and his company should have checked if there were loans or grants available for the building prior to buying it. If they cannot afford to repair it then they should put it back up for sale. If it is a listed building Mr Patel will not be granted planning permission to demolish it. If it is not listed then it doesn't matter what is done with it.

Private companies seem to expect that they have an entitlement to any amount of public money they request. We have to maintain our own private properties, as does Mr Patel. Blackmailing the public into support is not the best move.
Mr Patel and his company should have checked if there were loans or grants available for the building prior to buying it. If they cannot afford to repair it then they should put it back up for sale. If it is a listed building Mr Patel will not be granted planning permission to demolish it. If it is not listed then it doesn't matter what is done with it. Private companies seem to expect that they have an entitlement to any amount of public money they request. We have to maintain our own private properties, as does Mr Patel. Blackmailing the public into support is not the best move. Katiery
  • Score: 19

12:14pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Keighley Watch says...

Mark my word, they will get the funding.
Mark my word, they will get the funding. Keighley Watch
  • Score: -2

1:23pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Mixter says...

If they get funding there should be a public inquiry.

They bought it, the bill his theirs. Otherwise, we could all pay nowt for old buildings, then get the council to fund doing them up for our own gain.

This wants closely watching.
If they get funding there should be a public inquiry. They bought it, the bill his theirs. Otherwise, we could all pay nowt for old buildings, then get the council to fund doing them up for our own gain. This wants closely watching. Mixter
  • Score: 16

1:34pm Thu 9 Jan 14

recessionbites says...

Didnt see any for sale notices last year on the building?
Didnt see any for sale notices last year on the building? recessionbites
  • Score: 0

5:13pm Thu 9 Jan 14

coppy says...

Mixter isn't this what is happening to the buildings on North Street already??
Neglected buildings being improved at 'our' expense. The people who recently bought a building on there wanted public money to improve it. Will they then be able tosell them at a vast profit ?
Mixter isn't this what is happening to the buildings on North Street already?? Neglected buildings being improved at 'our' expense. The people who recently bought a building on there wanted public money to improve it. Will they then be able tosell them at a vast profit ? coppy
  • Score: 13

5:54pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Stevo54 says...

coppy, you are correct on all counts.
coppy, you are correct on all counts. Stevo54
  • Score: 7

7:30pm Thu 9 Jan 14

piper56 says...

dont try to con the council out of our money mr patel get it on the market so it can be bought by a genuine developer
dont try to con the council out of our money mr patel get it on the market so it can be bought by a genuine developer piper56
  • Score: 9

7:42pm Thu 9 Jan 14

jimmy k says...

coppy wrote:
Mixter isn't this what is happening to the buildings on North Street already??
Neglected buildings being improved at 'our' expense. The people who recently bought a building on there wanted public money to improve it. Will they then be able tosell them at a vast profit ?
spot on, this has been a well known con being going on years.buy up cheap properties let them fall into rac and ruin,get them done up at the taxpayers expense and then sell them at a big prifit ,without having to give anything back,a disgrace but you can't really blame the landlords for making the most of a ridiculous system.
[quote][p][bold]coppy[/bold] wrote: Mixter isn't this what is happening to the buildings on North Street already?? Neglected buildings being improved at 'our' expense. The people who recently bought a building on there wanted public money to improve it. Will they then be able tosell them at a vast profit ?[/p][/quote]spot on, this has been a well known con being going on years.buy up cheap properties let them fall into rac and ruin,get them done up at the taxpayers expense and then sell them at a big prifit ,without having to give anything back,a disgrace but you can't really blame the landlords for making the most of a ridiculous system. jimmy k
  • Score: 8

7:46pm Thu 9 Jan 14

billys says...

It is his problem not ours, I think he has a nerve to expect funding. If he demolishes it, a new build probably won't have the same attraction as a refurbished old building. Leave him to do as he will, I expect planning regulations will have to have it blend in with the surroundings, so will probably cost more to rebuild. His business plan probably counted on a council hand out. I hope you are wrong Keighley Watch, and he doesn't get funding.
It is his problem not ours, I think he has a nerve to expect funding. If he demolishes it, a new build probably won't have the same attraction as a refurbished old building. Leave him to do as he will, I expect planning regulations will have to have it blend in with the surroundings, so will probably cost more to rebuild. His business plan probably counted on a council hand out. I hope you are wrong Keighley Watch, and he doesn't get funding. billys
  • Score: 11

12:29am Fri 10 Jan 14

Cornishlady says...

Not one of us who buy a property be it for residential or commercial use, let it deteriorate over the years until much is needed to bring it into useable condition.

A little like a car MOT put money into it and it will give miles of happy motoring, ignore it and it will break down on you and need even more spending on it as one fault often leads to others.

I see no reason why Mr Patel cannot sell this and let someone who has the love of his town at heart, either renovate it or whatever he decides to do at HIS OWN EXPENSE. Stop expecting the electorate to pay for all the buildings in disuse in Keighley.

North Street is a disgrace....especial
ly the side by the arcade...HOW LONG have Kitchen Kraft and the TV repair shop been empty....(I say this tongue in cheek) the TV shop is full of old valve type TVs which must have been in that shop for at least 20 year ++ JUST WHO IS PAYING THE RATES - if no rates were being paid then it would be quite easy to re let the shop, certainly not as a going concern, BUT at least with clean windows which might be sparkling when the Tour De France goes through....or a lick of paint on the Kitchen Kraft scruffy frontage...........

I hope that sense prevails over these buildings, I realise some money is going to be poured into the beautiful old Liberal Club building on the High Street. But again, how long has it been allowed to deteriorate into an aviary for local pigeons.......The people who use that building must bear some responsibility for tidying it up.....even if Heritage Lottery Funding is available to help them out...........

Comments please....
Not one of us who buy a property be it for residential or commercial use, let it deteriorate over the years until much is needed to bring it into useable condition. A little like a car MOT put money into it and it will give miles of happy motoring, ignore it and it will break down on you and need even more spending on it as one fault often leads to others. I see no reason why Mr Patel cannot sell this and let someone who has the love of his town at heart, either renovate it or whatever he decides to do at HIS OWN EXPENSE. Stop expecting the electorate to pay for all the buildings in disuse in Keighley. North Street is a disgrace....especial ly the side by the arcade...HOW LONG have Kitchen Kraft and the TV repair shop been empty....(I say this tongue in cheek) the TV shop is full of old valve type TVs which must have been in that shop for at least 20 year ++ JUST WHO IS PAYING THE RATES - if no rates were being paid then it would be quite easy to re let the shop, certainly not as a going concern, BUT at least with clean windows which might be sparkling when the Tour De France goes through....or a lick of paint on the Kitchen Kraft scruffy frontage........... I hope that sense prevails over these buildings, I realise some money is going to be poured into the beautiful old Liberal Club building on the High Street. But again, how long has it been allowed to deteriorate into an aviary for local pigeons.......The people who use that building must bear some responsibility for tidying it up.....even if Heritage Lottery Funding is available to help them out........... Comments please.... Cornishlady
  • Score: 8

7:09am Fri 10 Jan 14

Little Green Man says...

"I hope that sense prevails over these buildings, I realise some money is going to be poured into the beautiful old Liberal Club building on the High Street. But again, how long has it been allowed to deteriorate into an aviary for local pigeons.......The people who use that building must bear some responsibility for tidying it up.....even if Heritage Lottery Funding is available to help them out..."

You mean people who OWN the building must bear some responsibility for tidying it up?
"I hope that sense prevails over these buildings, I realise some money is going to be poured into the beautiful old Liberal Club building on the High Street. But again, how long has it been allowed to deteriorate into an aviary for local pigeons.......The people who use that building must bear some responsibility for tidying it up.....even if Heritage Lottery Funding is available to help them out..." You mean people who OWN the building must bear some responsibility for tidying it up? Little Green Man
  • Score: 5

7:39am Fri 10 Jan 14

jimmy k says...

so cornish lady you speak to and know the mind of every landlord in the district?also your saying their all paragons of virtue?im sure the vast majority of them are,but i'm old enough to know that in every sections of society there are a few lets say more unscrupulous elements.
so cornish lady you speak to and know the mind of every landlord in the district?also your saying their all paragons of virtue?im sure the vast majority of them are,but i'm old enough to know that in every sections of society there are a few lets say more unscrupulous elements. jimmy k
  • Score: 2

6:48pm Fri 10 Jan 14

steve10 says...

Let him drop it and it will stand empty for years then the council can buy it under a compulsory purchase order and it can be used to help traffic flow :-)
Let him drop it and it will stand empty for years then the council can buy it under a compulsory purchase order and it can be used to help traffic flow :-) steve10
  • Score: 2

11:07pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Cornishlady says...

LGM

My mistake I did of course mean "OWN" it - thank you for that correction
LGM My mistake I did of course mean "OWN" it - thank you for that correction Cornishlady
  • Score: 2

9:01am Sat 11 Jan 14

Little Green Man says...

Cornishlady wrote:
LGM

My mistake I did of course mean "OWN" it - thank you for that correction
Just checking! :)
[quote][p][bold]Cornishlady[/bold] wrote: LGM My mistake I did of course mean "OWN" it - thank you for that correction[/p][/quote]Just checking! :) Little Green Man
  • Score: -1

9:57am Sat 11 Jan 14

Mixter says...

coppy wrote:
Mixter isn't this what is happening to the buildings on North Street already??
Neglected buildings being improved at 'our' expense. The people who recently bought a building on there wanted public money to improve it. Will they then be able tosell them at a vast profit ?
You are right. I commented on this one because i somehow read the article as it only recently being purchased, then a plea for funds being put in before the contract had dried. Essentially taking the pi$$ out of what seems a very suspect 'system' already for getting funds for 'renovations' from the council.
[quote][p][bold]coppy[/bold] wrote: Mixter isn't this what is happening to the buildings on North Street already?? Neglected buildings being improved at 'our' expense. The people who recently bought a building on there wanted public money to improve it. Will they then be able tosell them at a vast profit ?[/p][/quote]You are right. I commented on this one because i somehow read the article as it only recently being purchased, then a plea for funds being put in before the contract had dried. Essentially taking the pi$$ out of what seems a very suspect 'system' already for getting funds for 'renovations' from the council. Mixter
  • Score: 6

8:32am Mon 13 Jan 14

MarkPullen says...

Charge double business rates to all properties that are left empty for 6+ months unless the owner invest £x,xxx to provide a façade which meets a certain requirement?

If the owner fails to comply within 9 months then a % of the ownership is offered to a charitable foundation and management or property is made available to others?

Just a couple of thoughts!
Charge double business rates to all properties that are left empty for 6+ months unless the owner invest £x,xxx to provide a façade which meets a certain requirement? If the owner fails to comply within 9 months then a % of the ownership is offered to a charitable foundation and management or property is made available to others? Just a couple of thoughts! MarkPullen
  • Score: 2

11:41am Mon 13 Jan 14

Kingchaser says...

Sond like a veiled threat from Mr Patel.

Let him pull it down. It'shardly the most beautiful part of town....a petrol station, a supermarket carprk, a few ramshackle shops up East Parade etc.
Sond like a veiled threat from Mr Patel. Let him pull it down. It'shardly the most beautiful part of town....a petrol station, a supermarket carprk, a few ramshackle shops up East Parade etc. Kingchaser
  • Score: 1

12:00pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Cornishlady says...

Kingchaser (who is Kingchaser)

It is the bottom of a beautiful street in Keighley Cavendish Street, little of it on East Parade. It is architecturally a much more attractive building than the Civic Centre which received millions.....many of the people of this town of ours have already made their feelings known.....

Are they to be ignored AGAIN......we have many empty buildings which are deteriorating by the day..........

WHy are some of the people in Keighley intent on pulling down and replacing with either NOTHING (Water Lane area) East Parade (shopping centre planned??) or even more out of place buildings amidst older ones... Leeds College.....C

These beautiful buildings were built to last....with superb sculptural detail what does the building housing the Civic Centre have....NONE of the above......The old Liberal Club should have been cleaned and restored years ago. Who owns it? They should be made to restore it, after all they have traded from there for years most likely with massive profits......BUT to leave buildings to rot for years then want public money to clean them up......is not acceptable......
Kingchaser (who is Kingchaser) It is the bottom of a beautiful street in Keighley Cavendish Street, little of it on East Parade. It is architecturally a much more attractive building than the Civic Centre which received millions.....many of the people of this town of ours have already made their feelings known..... Are they to be ignored AGAIN......we have many empty buildings which are deteriorating by the day.......... WHy are some of the people in Keighley intent on pulling down and replacing with either NOTHING (Water Lane area) East Parade (shopping centre planned??) or even more out of place buildings amidst older ones... Leeds College.....C These beautiful buildings were built to last....with superb sculptural detail what does the building housing the Civic Centre have....NONE of the above......The old Liberal Club should have been cleaned and restored years ago. Who owns it? They should be made to restore it, after all they have traded from there for years most likely with massive profits......BUT to leave buildings to rot for years then want public money to clean them up......is not acceptable...... Cornishlady
  • Score: 4

3:29pm Mon 13 Jan 14

jimmy k says...

cornishlady(who is cornishlady)can you please explain what this thread has got to do with the civic centre.
cornishlady(who is cornishlady)can you please explain what this thread has got to do with the civic centre. jimmy k
  • Score: -1

5:05pm Mon 13 Jan 14

coppy says...

Jimmy K ... this thread is nothing to do with the Civic Centre . It is about the Victoria Hotel being threatened with destruction and other great buildings in need of preservation. Most of us feel that the owners should pay for the work and public money should not be used.
Jimmy K ... this thread is nothing to do with the Civic Centre . It is about the Victoria Hotel being threatened with destruction and other great buildings in need of preservation. Most of us feel that the owners should pay for the work and public money should not be used. coppy
  • Score: 2

5:09pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Mixter says...

Its time the council started compulsory purchasing buildings - for their going rate at the time they were last used. Then at least keeping the facades smart. North Street is a disgrace; im already cringing with embarrassment for when the TDF cameras roll through town.
What a toilet many parts are!
Its time the council started compulsory purchasing buildings - for their going rate at the time they were last used. Then at least keeping the facades smart. North Street is a disgrace; im already cringing with embarrassment for when the TDF cameras roll through town. What a toilet many parts are! Mixter
  • Score: 0

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