Today we responded to the consultation report relating to our application to amend and upgrade the listed status of Sandfields Pumping Station.
We listened very carefully to your responses as part of the consultation process and concluded that we should pursue a change form Grade II to Grade II*.
We feel that a Grade II* listing will give better protection to the interior detail of the engine and its components, while giving us some flexibility in any future alternative reuse of the building.
English Heritage have said that;
The re-assessment of Sandfields forms part of a wider thematic project looking at several other engine houses in Staffordshire and the West Midlands. We are aiming to have our assessments of all these engine houses, including Sandfields, sent to the DCMS for their consideration by December. You should hopefully receive notification of the outcome in late December/early January. This is slightly longer than usual but given the scale of the project and the fact that the DCMS would like to receive all our assessments as a batch, we have had to increase the length of this process by a few weeks.
This is now another step small in the right direction, we would like to thanks everyone for their continued support.