SAVE Britain’s Heritage has secured a landmark judgment against the Secretary of State for CLG which will introduce new controls over demolitions of buildings and structures under UK planning law.
The ruling will have widespread implications for planning authorities and will have a particular and immediate impact on proposed demolitions of large areas of terraced housing under the soon-to-be-defunct Housing Market Renewal (Pathfinder) Initiative. SAVE is currently involved in a number of Pathfinder battles, including a campaign to save the ‘Welsh Streets’ area of Liverpool from the bulldozers. Despite the recent intervention by the Housing Minister, calling for Liverpool council to explore alternatives to demolition, the council has just submitted a new demolition notice. This latest ruling will require the council to subject the scheme for demolition to the rigours of the environmental impact assessment process.