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C20 Society criticises Greenside House planning ‘loophole’

The Twentieth Century (C20) Society has criticised a ‘legal loophole’ which could allow developers to build housing on the site of Connell, Ward and Lucas’s illegally demolished Greenside House

In 2006, the society with English Heritage presented evidence to a public enquiry which fined Greenside’s demolisher £25,000 and attempted to rule out redevelopment by zoning the site greenbelt.

However in 2008 the local authority, Runnymede Borough Council, approved development on the site because the flat above Greenside’s garage had survived demolition. A new planning application by Ascot Design proposes to build a classical-styled mansion on the land.

A spokesperson for the Twentieth Century Society said: ‘It looks terrible [and] it sends out the wrong message about what it’s possible for developers to do.

‘[We have] lost a very good modern house by one of the best practising architects at the time which is also a listed building.’

Warren Joseph, project architect at Ascot Design explained: ‘All the history with the demolition left with the previous owner.

‘Since then we’ve actually gained planning permission for a replacement development for a new owner.

‘We had an approval for a contemporary building and our client marketed it and there wasn’t a great deal of interest and we felt it was because the Wentworth market looks for a more classical design.’ The practice was commissioned in the summer to design the current proposal as an alternative option for the site.

A planning committee date for the proposal is yet to be confirmed however a decision is expected in the coming weeks.

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