Historic home to go in plan for new-builds
The former home of a man credited with bringing chain-making to the Black Country will be bulldozed to make way for new homes.
Hatherton Lodge, once owned by Noah Hingley, will be pulled down to make way for seven new houses following a decision by Dudley Council's planning committee.
It comes after 97 objections were made against the plans.
Campaigners who fought to save the Cradley property called the ruling 'disappointing'.
Dudley Council said all options had been explored to try and save the building which now rests in a derelict state.
Mr Hingley, who lived in the house during the 19th century, owned Netherton-based ironworks N Hingley & Sons which made the anchor for the Titanic.
At the meeting, the chairman, councillor Andrea Goddard, initially recommended a site visit before taking a decision.
But committee members felt it would take too much time and money to bring the house back from its current state, where it is overgrown on the outside and has been empty for several years.
Committee member councillor Khurshid Ahmed said: "It is a great shame the house has been allowed to deteriorate like this."
Dudley Council officer Helen Yorke said: "Every single avenue has been explored to save the property."
The committee voted against a site, before voting in favour of the building's demolition.
James Warwick, who founded Facebook group Save Hatherton Lodge which amassed around 470 members, said: "The decision is disappointing I think, that will be the same for most people.
"I am thankful to everybody for their support."
The house, located on A458 between Halesowen and Stourbridge, was built in the late 19th century. It is described as a typical Victorian-style gentleman's residence.
A council report said objectors feel the development of new homes would increase traffic on surrounding roads of Carpenter Glade, Ashbourne Ridge, Windmill Hill and Drews Holloway.
Belle Vale councillor Simon Phipps said: "I understand there was a very passionate campaign to try and save the building from being demolished."