A historic former hospital church in Wakefield which was badly damaged during an alleged arson attack could be partially demolished.
As reported in the YEP, St Faith’s Church, which was part of Stanley Royd Hospital, was gutted by fire on June 18.
Only four standing walls remain in tact inside the Grade-II listed building, which stands on the corner of Aberford Road and Eastmoor Road.
Owners Linfit Investments, acting on advice from English Heritage, have applied for permission from Wakefield Council to demolish parts of the church which are unstable.
A report by Townsend Planning Consultants said: “Overall, it is considered that the fire damage has already brought about the loss of much of the historical and architectural significance of this heritage asset and the partial demolition should be allowed to proceed.”
The church is thought to have been designed by renowned architect Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1861.
Two 23-year-old men are due to appear in court on arson charges at a later date.