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Greenside brouhaha reignites

The controversy surrounding the demolition of Connell, Ward and Lucas' Grade II-listed Greenside has taken yet another twist.

It is understood that the owner of the property ( pictured), who illegally flattened the 1937 Modernist gem to make way for a new home, has appealed to the High Court against a conviction for the unauthorised destruction of the building.

Hailed as one of Britain's most important inter-war houses, the Surrey building was bulldozed in 2003 by Gina and David Beadle - despite a holding directive from the ODPM forbidding the pair to knock it down.

Last April, Guildford Crown Court fined David Beadle £15,000 and ordered him to pay costs of £10,000 for tearing down the house without listed-building consent.

Three months later campaigners, led by the Twentieth Century Society, had further reason to celebrate after the planning inspector overturned Runnymede Council's decision to grant consent for the demolition ( Greenside inquiry result 'saves' listing system).

It was feared that if the planning inquiry had sided with the council, the decision would have wreaked havoc throughout the listing and planning systems.

The grounds for Beadle's appeal have yet to be made public.

by Richard Waite

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