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planners have a lot to answer for…

Category: Books November 12th, 2010 by mbc

As usual, I must agree with Roger Deakin…

Planners have a lot to answer for on the commons. Roof heights are all wrong now. The monster executive villas dwarf the older, vernacular language of the Suffolk houses, which all more or less had the same roof height and alignment. Planners have allowed the scale and alignment of the houses round the perimeter of the commons to go out of kilter altogether. So we have lost the graceful natural proportions of vernacular building.

Roger Deakin in Notes from Walnut Tree Farm, page 113.

Another quote of Roger Deakin having a moan-up , but he does have a very valid point – there are far too many ‘monster executive villas’ in Carmarthenshire as well. Personally, I can’t reconcile the huge, generic, colonnaded, brick piles springing up in and around the traditional villages of the county with the strict rules around conversions being ‘in-keeping’ with a disneyesque view of how buildings in the countryside should look.

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  1. Cottage doors Says:

    I agree, planners do get it wrong a lot of the time. . . shame really after all the money is put in! Thanks for the update 🙂

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