RESIDENTS in Blundellsands say they are angry and sad after a “lovely old house full of character” in a conservation area was bulldozed without consent from Sefton Council.
The local authority has launched an investigation after the house known as Glenthorne, 56, on The Serpentine South, was demolished on Saturday, October 16, without permission from the council.
Residents say the house, which has been empty for several years, “added character to the area” and it was “incredibly sad” to see it reduced to rubble.
One resident, who did not wish to be named, told the Champion: “We saw a digger turn up on Saturday morning and asked the workers if they were demolishing the house, but they said no.
“But in a matter of hours the whole house was flattened.
“It’s incredibly sad. It was a lovely family home and added a lot of character to this area.
“It’s in a conservation area so permission was needed, but never given.
“This should not be allowed to happen. People shouldn’t be allowed to ride roughshod over planning laws.
“It has been empty for maybe four or five years and it’s in an bad state, but that’s because it has been allowed to happen.
“Vandals have caused problems in the past and youths can get in there but it could be a lovely family home in the right hands.”
A Sefton Council spokesperson said: “It has been brought to the council’s attention that a building situated within a conservation area was demolished over the weekend.
“No planning consent was given for this work and the matter is now under investigation.
“It would, therefore, not be appropriate to comment further at this stage.”