In 1985 the Society compiled a Local List of worthy buildings not
officially Listed by English Heritage. Several of our members helped
with photographing buildings for the book we published. This
has needed updating. It became clear that the Borough Council
Conservation Department was keen to do this with our assistance,
Gail Broom of IBC, has completed the first part of the exercise which
is to review all the interesting buildings outside the Conservation
Areas, which of course have no protection whatsoever.
Placing a building on a Local List could be regarded as akin to 'Grade
In' listing. No legal constraints are applied to alterations or
development but central direction suggests that planners and
committees should bear it in mind. The Inspector's report on her
refusal to allow an appeal against the demolition of Barton House,
an Edwardian house in Stone Lodge Lane of particular local heritage
importance, is a landmark. Members of the Conservation Panel, on
which the Society is well represented, have discussed some 300
buildings in three long meetings. IBC will now inform the owners.
I am hopeful that we will then proceed to look at interesting
buildings, particularly those built after 1914, within Conservation
Areas. Finally we could proceed to publication of a new Local List.
Cover, issue 186