A demolition company has apologised for knocking down Dover’s old Buckland Hospital without consent, after angry resident saw workers from Yellowstone Homes Limited tearing down the roof of the run-down building.
Dover District Council confirmed that the company lacked both approval and permission to knock down the building and issued a Temporary Stop Notice. The demolition firm admitted its mistake, saying that they could only apologise and move on.
Yellowstone Homes Ltd director Jimmy Digges admitted that the company had acted in error and said that no more demolition would take place until the council supplied consent. He explained that the contractors appeared on site on February 27. The intention was for them to ‘soft strip’ the structures and remove all asbestos, but they assumed that building control approval was all that was necessary for demolition when planning permission was required.
Yellowstone Homes Ltd purchased the old Buckland Hospital at auction in December. The four-acre site was described by the auctioneers as a prime redevelopment area.
Mr Digges explained that both building control and Health and Safety Executive inspected the partly demolished building. It was agreed that the remaining part of the building would be made safe and the partly demolished structures would be removed.