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Clandon Park – what next?

The fire last week at Clandon Park in Surrey has reduced the house to a shell. It was an imposing 18th Century house, built in the Palladian Style for Thomas Onslow whose great-grandfather. Sir Richard Onslow, an MP in the Long Parliament had acquired the estate about a hundred years earlier. His family have been […]

Lyveden New Bield v. Barnwell New Windfarm – pay attention

Last Friday the National Trust, English Heritage and East Northamptonshire District Council succeeded in quashing the Secretary of State’s decision to grant permission for a wind farm which would affect the setting of Lyveden New Bield, the Grade I unfinished Tudor house and garden. They succeeded on three grounds, failure to give effect to the […]

Reforming listed building control

A listed building in Worthing

The Department for Culture Media and Sport is consulting on changes to listed building control aimed at better use of local government resources. The problem is that there are not enough conservation officers for the volume of work. So the aim is to reduce the number of applications. […]