A Grade II listed building in Folkingham is falling down, prompting the local authority to spend up to £10,000 to stablise it.
An urgent works notice will be served on 18th century Toll House Cottage, in Bourne Road, after councillors agreed to the move at this week’s development control meeting.
The notice will see walls shored up, the roof propped up, temporary rain-proofing installed, repairs and the boarding up of windows.
Images of the building projected during the meeting showed how a mature tree allowed to grow up against the building has caused structural damage, while interior shots showed beams hanging from the ceiling and plaster covering the floors.
Despite these conditions, a woman in her nineties lived in the house for decades but moved into a nursing home in 2010. Principal conservation officer Ian Wright said the current owner is “reluctant to undertake any works” as he is hoping to sell the house.
Councillors asked for assurances that the costs will be recovered from the owner, which were given by Mr Wright.