Listed building consent is being sought for repairs to one of Runcorn's oldest buildings to ensure it does not ‘fall into decay’.

Armed forces charity The Royal British Legion has applied for permission to conduct roof repairs on its office building on Main Street, Halton Village.

The former Still Rock Farm house is a two-storey Grade II listed building originally constructed in the 17th Century. It had alterations made in the 19th Century, with a rear extension built in the 1960s. It now houses the charity's offices and adjoins the social club.

Consent is sought for repairs to the roof which will involve removing vegetation from the chimney stacks and re-pointing masonry.

The plans also include removing existing iron gutters and pipes which the application said is ‘beyond economic repair’, followed by replacement with PVC gutters and pipes.

A heritage statement submitted in support of the plans said it would be done in a ‘heritage style in keeping with the historic character of the building’.

It said: “The proposal provides an opportunity to ensure this building which is of special interest and character in the local area, does not fall into risk of decay. We believe the proposals will safeguard the future of the building for the benefit of the building users and the general public.”

The building is sited on the corner of Main Street and Castle Road in Halton Village Conservation Area. The report added: “With the significance of the building in mind, the works have been planned carefully to minimise any subsequent impact.

"The choice of materials will be in-keeping with the existing (materials).

"For example, the roof slates will be reclaimed as far as possible, with new slates to match existing (slates).”

It added: “The aim for the repairs are to be subtle and look as if they’ve always been there and, if needed, can be removed without affecting the current structure at any future date."