AN historic hall is at risk of being lost forever, according to Historic England.

The listed Daresbury Hall appears on Historic England’s 'Heritage at Risk' Register, which lists historic buildings in desperate need of repair.

Built in 1759, Daresbury Hall was gutted by fire in June 2016.

The hall had been used as a residential home by the charity now known as Scope for a number of years from 1955, and was then bought by a millionaire who planned to restore it but died before plans could be realised.

It was then used to host zombie survival games and a cannabis farm that was raided in 2015.

Since the fire that destroyed most of the interior, the site has been secured but Historic England describes the building as having 'large amounts of masonry in an unstable condition'.

The at risk register entry adds: “The building has been secured with a facade retention scaffold and mothballed in a roofless condition. Some urgent works are necessary to ensure complete loss is averted.”

In 2018, the building’s owners applied for permission to restore Daresbury Hall and convert it into luxury flats, but almost three years later Halton Council has not made a decision on the planning applications.