Saturday, 15 August 2015

Demolishing Listed Buildings

We were watching an episode of The Restoration Man the other night where a chap who was renovating a derelict school came up against local planners due to the building being listed. Try to do anything that alters a listed building and you're risking legal action - unless you are a large developer intent of creating a car park for your £12m shopping centre, and then you can apparently demolish listed buildings.

That happened to two derelict listed buildings along our usual Sunday walk into Yate. A new addition is being built to the local shopping centre, which will comprise several branded stores, a cinema and a staff car park. Both the listed buildings were demolished to make way for the car park. How can that have happened?

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