Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Success at Norwood House, Yorkshire

The Georgian Group last night attended a meeting of the planning committee of East Riding of Yorkshire District Council to argue for a rethink on plans for Norwood House, a fine Grade I listed 1760s townhouse in Beverley. Our intervention was successful - the current scheme, involving the creation of a car park in the back garden, was refused consent and we will now work with the owners and local authority to achieve a more acceptable scheme. Historically, the back garden at Norwood has been lawn running down to a ha-ha, beyond which is an open field. Our concern was to preserve this informal, rustic aspect and also the open views from the exceptionally fine interiors at Norwood; and so it was important to block the latest scheme, which would have cluttered the garden with thirty parking spaces and introduced alien planting, including a hedge immediately outside the library window. The house has had a tough time recently - it suffered a damaging fire in 2004 after being vacated by a girls' school and though competent repairs have been undertaken it has since lain empty and vulnerable. So it needs a use - but a sympathetic one which fully respects the integrity of both the house and its setting. The current owners are capable of achieving this and we look forward to helping them do so. Read more...

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