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Listing for David Green's pioneering Norfolk housing

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Five post-war rural housing schemes featuring crinkle-crankle walls, pink colour-wash and bargeboards have been listed, one month after one of their architects died.

Designed by Lowestoft-based Herbert Tayler and David Green in the 1940s and 50s the schemes were listed Grade II, said Arts minister Alan Howarth, to recognise and protect them for their architectural influence and 'as a timely testament to the work of David Green who died last month'.

The listed homes include Nos 1 to 30 Windmill Green, Ditchingham, Norfolk, a revival of the traditional English terrace, and some old people's bungalows with crinkle-crankle walls. Pink and black colour-washed brick and bargeboards characterise the homes of Church Road, Bergh Apton. Forge Grove terrace in Gillingham with its decorative gable ends and porches won a riba Bronze Medal in 1957. Bungalows at Davy Place, High and Low Bungay roads have fretted bargeboards, bottle ends and contrasting brick patterns.

The culture department said that the listings followed a three-year study of the main post-war building types by English Heritage.

SAVE prevents Middlemarch getting new homes . . .

Planners have thrown out proposals for homes in a pretty part of Lincolnshire used in a recent tv adaptation of Middlemarch.

Opposition to the 16 new homes by Alan Cotterell Practice was so great the planners gave in to angry locals who petitioned to block the plans, said campaigning conservation group save Britain's Heritage.

The development of three-storey houses in Stamford was for the Cecil Estate Family Trust and would have marred views of a local church and existing roofscape, and obliterated Georgian and Victorian homes and a Medieval passageway, said save.

Spokesman Richard Pollard said: 'The architects design good work but this was not well thought out. The weight of opposition was so strong they threw it out.'

. . . as Cullinan displays his planning battle scars

Edward Cullinan has revealed, in talks he gave as a contribution to Architecture Week, how one of his designs had been met with two years of 'unbelievable hassle' from residents and planners. He recalled the conflict over his university maths complex in two talks, 'What on earth do architects do?' which he gave to schoolchildren and adults last week.

The site, a field in west Cambridge, was surrounded by a cluster of mock Tudor and Georgian homes. His design - a series of buildings around a mound - received a hostile reception from planners and locals, who 'screamed at us to keep the field'. Local schoolchildren, on the other hand, supported the design. 'It's almost a truism; children are committed modernists and futurists,' Cullinan said. 'They have no nostalgia. I also find people over age 80 are immensely progressive. They tend to say, 'sod the bastards'.'

The decision finally went to the Royal Fine Art Commission,where Lord St John of Fawsley ended 'two years of unbelievable hassle', said Cullinan.

His colleague, John Winter, added: 'People imagine architecture is about sketching with a fat pencil. That is only 10 per cent of the story. The rest is persuading people who don't want it. It is not an enterprise of pure egocentric design. It's a battlefield.'

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