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Town Hall backs factory demolition

13 October, 2017

The former factory in Melody Lane

THE Town Hall has ruled that a historic factory where the iconic Melody Maker radios were made can be demolished and replaced with seven four-bedroom houses.

Neighbours living near the former factory in Melody Lane, off Highbury Grove, opposed the plans because of the historical significance of the Edwardian building. They were worried about the scale of the construction and disruption it will bring to their narrow road.

More than 15 neighbours were at the planning committee meeting on Monday when a majority of councillors voted in favour of demolition

The factory, owned by electronics mogul AC Cossor, produced radio sets in the 1920s and later the country’s first televisions. “We were disappointed and bewildered by the council decision,” said neighbour Ronan Bryan.

The Tribune understands an objector has applied for the building to be listed by Historic England, which would make demolition harder.

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