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New legal challenge to school plans for Conan Doyle’s former home

A campaigner has launched a fresh legal challenge to Waverley Borough Council’s decision to approve controversial plans to turn Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former home,‘Undershaw’, into a special school.

A campaigner has launched a fresh legal challenge to Waverley Borough Council’s decision to approve controversial plans to turn Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former home,‘Undershaw’, into a special school. The Victorian Society, English Heritage and others have previously argued that the plans would cause significant harm to the Grade II listed building.

Earlier this month permission for a Judicial Review of Waverley Borough Council’s decision to allow the conversion of Conan Doyle’s former home was refused. John Gibson, Undershaw Preservation Trust founder, has now requested a ‘Renewal Hearing’ of the refusal which is expected to take place on 11 August 2015. Prior to the application for conversion being granted, the Victorian Society, English Heritage and others had stated that the plans would cause ‘significant harm’ to Conan Doyle’s former home which will be dwarfed by a new extension.

Victorian Society Conservation Advisor, James Hughes said: ‘The Victorian Society was disappointed with Waverley Borough Council’s approval of plans which go far beyond simply restoring Undershaw for use as a school. Both the Society and Historic England considered that the school conversion plan will cause substantial harm to an important building which provides a unique insight into the life and work of one of our greatest authors'. 

Tuesday 28 July, 2015

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