Harpenden, St Albans – Demolition of locally Listed Building and Residential Redevelopment

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Aitchison Raffety successfully secured approval for the demolition of a locally listed public house in a conservation area and its replacement with a building containing 14 apartments. Aitchison Raffety successfully showed that a viable use could not be found to retain the building, and that the loss of the historic building through demolition was significantly outweighed by the benefits of the development.

The appeal determination is important, as it shows how Inspectors are interpreting the guidance relating to the preservation of heritage assets in the National Planning Policy Framework.