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- Yorkshire Water presented their plans to the community in February 2012. The plans involved the total demolition of the stepped, stone spillway and its replacement with a concrete ramp. There was no evidence that heritage work had been undertaken by Yorkshire Water and virtually no consideration given to its ‘listed’ status.
- Local people gathered together under the ‘Save Butterley Spillway’ banner to challenge the plans.
- A series of meetings took place with Yorkshire Water but the community was not listened to.
- In September 2012 the Victorian Society announced the spillway as one of the 10 most endangered Victorian buildings in the country. The Council for British Archaeology also objected to the proposals.
- After making limited improvements to the design, Yorkshire Water submitted its planning and listed building consent applications in July 2013. They were unanimously refused by Kirklees Council in January 2014.
- Yorkshire Water appealed the decisions and a public inquiry took place in January 2015.
- In March 2015 the Secretary of State allowed Yorkshire Water’s appeal and granted permission for the works.
- In May 2015 the Statutory Appeal was filed by local resident Colin Anderson seeking to quash the Secretary of State’s decision to grant permission for the works.