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Removing some of the conservation regulations

Comment 22nd July 2010

Regulations concerning listed buildings and heritage require owners to purchase specilised materials which often means that they cannot install modern heating or glazing.

In some cases councils are forced to keep old ruins well beyond repair. Surely there should be some way of judging these cases on merits and not just one rule obliging eyesores to remain unkempt and unused.

Why does this matter?

This idea is important because the regulations trap people so that they cannot make sensible alterations. In the case of public buildings that often remain under tarpaulin and scaffolding for years the surrounding areas become derelist attracting vandalism.

A relaxation of the regulations would allow property owners to make sensible alterations and in cases of larger public ruins the sensible course of demolition could take place.

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