Supporting Cheshire West and Chester Council
February 24, 2015
We have supported Cheshire West and Chester Council as an expert witness on the historic built environment at a planning enquiry. The proposal which the Council had refused was for a new housing development just outside Malpas, a small hill-top town in Cheshire. The scheme affected the setting of the Grade II listed Broselake Farm, including the farmhouse, former outbuildings and the remains of a penfold. The scheme also had some impact on the setting of Malpas Conservation Area. The case demonstrated the importance of the setting of heritage assets to their significance. Under the guidance of the NPPF even a relatively low level of harm to the historic environment must be given due weight when balanced against the supposed benefits of a development.
Minister backs Cheshire homes refusal: “slight adverse harm”, an article on Institute of Historic Building Conservation [ Link to website ]