Another house at risk from a developer: Brook House, Tiptree, Essex

Brook House, Essex (Image: Daily Gazette)

It’s such a depressingly familiar pattern; a beautiful old house with grounds, falls into a state of neglect and is then bought by a developer.  With absolutely no incentive to maintain the house it slowly slips into a downward spiral of decay and vandalism until the inevitable request for demolition is presented to the council.  And it’s happening again.

Brook House in Tiptree, Essex is a classic, grade-II listed, red-brick Georgian village house  lacked an owner after the last member of the family died and now after being owned by a developer it has unsurprisingly reached a rather sad state.  The developer might be disappointed that no-one has yet burnt it down but nonetheless he had requested permission to demolish and replace it with several new houses saying that the house is beyond repair – all backed up by a survey which was commissioned by…the developer!   What’s perhaps worse is that English Heritage have also sided with the developer and agreed.  I despair. What is the point of EH if they fail to stand up when buildings are threatened like this?

Anyway, if you live within the area, please contact Colchester Council and ask them to not only refuse this vandalism but also to serve an enforcement notice to repair this lovely part of Tiptree’s heritage.

Full story: ‘Facing demolition: The Grade II listed building‘ [Daily Gazette]

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About Matthew Beckett - The Country Seat

An amateur architectural historian with a particular love of UK country houses in all their many varied and beautiful forms.
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4 Responses to Another house at risk from a developer: Brook House, Tiptree, Essex

  1. L says:

    I live in Tiptree and the latest on the saga is that (surprise surprise) EH are denying they said it should be demolished. All fingers are pointing to the agent and developer lying to get approval (as if the planning officers would just merrily approve of it without any proof!) Check out the news today http://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/4776390.Row_over_future_of_Georgian_house/

    • countryhouses says:

      Thanks – I’ve just added another post to highlight the latest twists. Please do let me know if you hear any more and I’ll add it here.

  2. Tracey says:

    Anyone know about the family who lived there called Hull, as I believe they are ancestors of ours. Would love to know more about them and the history.

  3. Paul Carlier says:

    Matthew,
    You say that the developer would be disappointed that the house had not burned down. Coincidentally, a fire did break out shortly after he had taken ownership, but a neighbour called the fire brigade and it was put out before it could take hold.
    I drove past this house two days ago and I was shocked to see that it is now half collapsed. I lobied Colchester Council and my local MP and contacted the Georgian Society, but it seems that this developer, as usual, will get his way.

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