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AVDC deciding on protecting more of Mentmore

The conservation area around Mentmore Towers is set to be extended

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:51am 10th March 2020. 2-minute read.

AVDC deciding on protecting more of Mentmore

The conservation boundary extension around Mentmore is being voted on today.

Aylesbury Vale District Council are meeting today to decide the future of Mentmore's conservation boundary in Buckinghamshire. 

The grade 1 listed building is owned by Simon Halabi a Syrian born British business man - but has remained unused and is catergorised by Historic England as at immediate risk of further deterioration.

Currently a small part of the Grade 2 listed gardens is included in the conservation boundary.

The proposed extension is to include more areas with historic or architectural significance, but also ones that have a positive impact on the area.

Agenda Document for Cabinet

A public consultation was held where local people and businesses were invited to provide feedback to the proposed plans.

AVDC's document on today's meeting says the response was as follows:

During the nine-week period of public consultation 14 emails/letters were received from local residents, members of the public and other interested parties.

  • Four of these responses expressed unequivocal support for the proposals
  • The Parish Council expressed support, but raised concerns regarding the potential for additional bureaucracy
  • Six asked for points of clarification or provided info
  • Three strongly objected to the proposed changes

Following that the boundary change has been adjusted and the decision today will be whether to implement the current option or to review it

There will be no option to continue with the current boundary, implemented in 1978, which has been described as outdated and going against current guidance given by historic England.

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