PROPOSALS to refurbish the roof of the former drill hall have been approved after falling into partial disrepair.

The council’s application to re-roof the site was passed by the development management committee at the Parr Hall last Wednesday.

It had been recommended for approval subject to conditions.

The grounds of the Town Hall consist of the main building, along with the West Annexe and East Annexe – all of which are Grade I listed.

The Golden Gates in front of the Town Hall are Grade II* listed.

A report to the committee said the roof of the former drill hall building, on the East Annexe, has fallen into partial disrepair due to its age and requires extensive refurbishment works.

The proposals have been described as essential repair and maintenance work to ensure the building is watertight, which in turn assures the long-term condition and viability of ‘this historic asset of the highest importance’.

During the work, re-use of original materials will be the primary consideration wherever possible.

Where that is not possible, like for like traditional materials will be used.

Planning documents say during the work, the building will be adequately protected from the weather and the scaffolding required would be self-supporting so it will not cause damage to the listed building.