Location, location, location argues Mr Penrose

Profile image for Prue_Reid

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.

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.



max 4000 characters

Latest Stories in Weston-super-Mare


Local Vouchers

  • Gluten Free Wedneday

    The Queen Adelaide

    We are pleased to offer Battered Cod and Chips, on Wednesdays, Lasagne, Plus our Gravy's, so come enjoy a Roast. Add to that a Battered mushroom starter and a Flourless Chocolate cake for dessert.

    Terms: Kitchen Open Noon to 2.30pm and 6.00pm to 8.30pm, best to phone for your second visit. Please phone if you have concerns of menu item, or your own tolerance levels, so that you enjoy a meal out.

    Contact: 01761 250366

    Valid until: Tuesday, September 30 2014

  • Yeovil

    S.P.A Your Local Meet, Mix and Mingle Social Group

    We have warm and friendly bar night and look forward to welcoming you.
    Contact Brenda: 01935 410648
    or Marion: 01305 889596

    Terms: We have warm and friendly bar night and look forward to welcoming you.
    Contact Brenda: 01935 410648
    or Marion: 01305 889596

    Contact: 01934 316828

    Valid until: Friday, May 26 2017

  • Creative Skills Hub

    West Of England Local Enterprise Partnership

    The WoE 'Creative Skills Hub' has been created to ensure that skills and training provision in the West of England meets the needs of a growing creative sector.

    Contact: 01172449924

    Valid until: Thursday, May 21 2015


Local Jobs


Search for...

Min price is bigger than Max price
Min price is bigger than Max price
Min rent is bigger than Max rent