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Friday, November 21, 2014

Listed Building Shows for 2015

Owning a listed property isn't for everyone. I must say it's not something I enjoyed. When it came to making any alterations to my last house, a Derbyshire Grade 2 listed farmhouse, I was repeatedly forced to enter into agonising debate with the local conservation officer.
I say agonising because the guide lines of what was perceived allowable or appropriate, are just so flaky and open to interpretation, that it seemed to all come down to the questionable 'good taste' or 'personal whimsy' of whichever conservation officer works your patch. 

It's a bit like trying to convince a Fifa Committee Member to give you their vote. 

So when I moved, the one thing that I was sure about was I didn't want the bother of another listed property. Unfortunately, we were moving to Bath, the city that invented the blasted concept.

In the end I managed to find an unlisted Edwardian property that looks out on a Grade 1 listed Georgian crescent, and that suits me just fine. I'm faced with beautiful architecture, that's not my problem - perfect.

Anyway, the reason for my ramble, is I've just received a press release for the Listed Property Shows for next year.

There's a show at Olympia London on the 14th – 15th February 2015, followed by one at HIC Harrogate on the 7th & 8th March 2015.

Organised by the Listed Property Owners’ Club (LPOC) the shows will bring together specialist suppliers and consultants, along with a bunch of those whimsical Conservation Officers ready to give their various opinions on any hypothetical plans.

Good luck trying to get any two Conservation Officers to agree.

I'm just glad that I no longer need attend.

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