Bad news folks. You may have heard that Eric Pickles decided not to call in Sheffield University’s planning application. Which means they are free to now go ahead and demolish this precious piece of our heritage. Sheffield University should be ashamed of themselves, but it was Sheffield Council who were charged with looking after our Grade II Listed buildings and have failed the City so dismally. We can’t blame the planning officers – that is for sure, they tried their best – before they were told how much their judgement counted for. How embarrassing for Sheffield, ‘Philistine City’ is how some know us – unfortunately the powers that be are helping that label stick and ushering in a new era for this country where no Grade II Listed building is safe.