Location, location, location argues Mr Penrose
By Prue_Reid | Friday, January 11, 2013, 11:20
When people buy a new home it is all about location so if you buy a property with wonderful views and then they get blocked by a multi-storey car park currently you have no redress in law unless you live in a conservation area.
Protect the views of beautiful places like the Royal Crescent, Bath
Writing in the Telegraph newspaper this week Mr Penrose argues that great views should be protected from destruction in the same way that great buildings are protected.
In his article, the former Minister called on English Heritage to work with the Government and UNESCO to include special protection for England's best urban views as part of a new, streamlined system of architectural conservation.
He said: "English Heritage, together with its opposite numbers in other countries, plus Unesco and a lot of strong coffee, should be able to come up with something that does the trick.
"If it dispels the fog of risk and uncertainty around big, historic urban building sites, then it should be quicker, cheaper and easier to regenerate run-down parts of British towns and cities in future.
"And by protecting the best bits – your favourite winter walks, and mine – from being casually destroyed today, we will make them better places to live and work tomorrow as well."
Reaction to the suggestions has attraction support nationwide including the Conservative group on Bath City Council.
Mr Penrose said: "I'm absolutely delighted that people up and down the country have expressed an interest in my proposals.
"Bath, in particular, is blessed with many beautiful buildings and 'streetscapes', so I'm pleased that its Conservative councillors agree with the idea and are ready to lobby the Government about it.
"I hope we can build up the kind of momentum that's needed to put the issue firmly on the political agenda."
When the award-winning £34 million sea defence scheme was first proposed for Weston businesses along the seafront complained loudly it would spoil their views of the Bristol Channel.
People sometimes get it wrong and Weston People isn't sure where Mr Penrose stood on this one.