Pearson Park entrance and conservatory planning application given green light

A planning decision has been passed today that could see the restoration of Pearson Park entrance and the demolition and re-build of the conservatory, should the current bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund be successful.

The entrance archway, which was originally built by Young and Poole of Hull in 1863, would see original design features including the screening, gates and decorative urns returned as well as the installation of new up-lighting.

The conservatory, that was built in 1930 to replace the 1891 Victorian structure, would be demolished and replaced with a new build sympathetic to the original design.

Councillor John Fareham, Chairman of the Pearson Park Trust and Project Steering Group said:

“I am pleased to see today’s planning applications signed off by officers as it is a key part of the bidding process with the Heritage Lottery Fund.

“As we draw closer to a decision from the fund, I believe we are making fantastic progress in ensuring our bid is as thorough and up to date as possible to give us the best possible chance to restore this park to its former glory.”

Leader of Hull City Council, Councillor Steve Brady said:

“As a council we are committed to investing in cultural regeneration and it’s projects like the restoration of Pearson Park that will help to put Hull on the map a world-class destination, bringing investment, jobs and prosperity to the city.”

A further planning application covering the remainder of the restoration works to the park will be heard at planning committee on Wednesday 1 February.

The restoration project has already been awarded initial support* for a grant of £2.3m by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) as well as a development grant of £156,600.  An announcement from the HLF on the outcome of the Pearson Park bid is expected in 2017.

More information on the proposals to restore Pearson Park is available at www.hullcc.gov.uk/ppbid