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]