Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

New Battle to Save Landmark

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

New Battle to Save Landmark

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Byline: Andrew Pain

Campaigners fighting for the future of the North Riding Infirmary are preparing for a fresh battle after a supermarket announced new plans for the building.

Supporters of the historic building have been hit by news that Aldi will submit revised proposals for the site which still include demolition of the infirmary.

The campaign to save the 142-year-old infirmary has already fought off two planning applications from the supermarket giant.

Aldi was originally turned down by Middlesbrough Council's planning committee in October 2004 when the plans were described by some critics as "a tin shed". An appeal against that refusal was also rejected after a public inquiry.

Aldi submitted new plans which saved the building's ornate entrance and used it as a corner gateway but this was also thrown out.

Now battle lines are being drawn again after the announcement of Aldi's third attempt. The new plans would still see the demolition of the building's facade. …

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