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Plymouth City Council granted an extra month to challenge Civic Centre listing

Plymouth City Council has been given an extra month by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to decide whether to contest the controversial listing of the authority-owned Civic Centre.

The council now has until the end of the month (30 September) to decide if it should challenge the DCMS following the unexpected Grade-II listing of the crumbling 1961 Modernist tower block back in June (AJ 28.06.07).

Council officials were flabbergasted by the move - made following recommendations from English Heritage - and claimed it could threaten the authority's ambitious city-centre masterplan.

In a statement released to the AJ, the council confirmed it was still looking to flatten the building, maintaining that the 'option' to strip back and refurbish the existing centre had been ruled out.

The statement reads: 'Officers are currently involved in several detailed pieces of work including specialist legal advice and the potential impact and risk of each avenue available for achieving either delisting or consent to demolish.'

Meanwhile, as first reported by ajplus in July ( Safety fears compound pressure to delist Plymouth Civic Centre ), protective covered walkways have been put up around the Civic Centre after a routine inspection revealed that the concrete cladding was in danger of falling off.

A council spokesman has said: 'We continue to carry out a number of detailed surveys on the fabric of the building, the results of which may also affect the direction this case will take.'

by Richard Waite

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