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Connell, Ward and Lucas' Greenside faces fresh threat

Plans to demolish Connell, Ward and Lucas' Grade II-listed Greenside in Surrey have re-emerged this week.

The Twentieth Century Society has warned that fresh plans to knock down the 1936 building are set to be heard by Runnymede Borough Council's planning committee in late November.

Although the council's planning chief Peter Lee is expected to recommend that the application be thrown out, the committee is understood to be keen to give the demolition the green light.

Planning committee chair Graham Woodger told the AJ that there was concern over 'human rights issues'. He said members were sympathetic to demolition plans because the building had not been listed when the owner bought it.

'It will certainly be an interesting planning meeting, ' he said.

'It would be very difficult to predict which way it will go.'

The planning committee has given approval to plans for demolition once before (AJ 14.11.02), when it ignored a recommendation to refuse. It was forced to backtrack after campaigners proved that the original application was illegal.

But the Twentieth Century Society is adamant the demolition proposals will get no further this time. 'We are confident that our case is stronger than ever, ' caseworker Claire Barrett said.

'We have submitted evidence that includes work by Gavin Stamp and Alan Powers.'

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