Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Arlington House Listed Building Status, turned down by English Heritage

Like it or hate it Arlington House is a significant piece of architecture representative of its time and as it is likely to be with us for some time then listed status would have had some advantages.

I know the picture above is extreme but in this instance I think it saves me some words to convey where I am coming from.

I guess listed status would have been difficult for some powerful and wealthy organisations, however I am sure this wouldn’t have influenced the English Heritage decision.      

This link takes you to the English Heritage report http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/laptop412/id9.htm

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a stupid idea to list such an eyesore!!

I'd have laughed if they go it and then they had to apply for permission just to put a picture hook up or change their curtains... !!!

Peter Checksfield said...

Quite right too! Now can we demolish it?

Tim Clark said...

And create more homeless people?
I'm sure if satellite dishes were going to be an issue the residents would have done so by now.

Chrissy Blythe said...

Great comment, Peter Checkfield

Readit said...

Quite like the second picture, looks like it has an outbreak of barnacles. I think daylight to the upper flats may be a problem though. The flats could be good for a weed factory or two.

Anonymous said...

Its a dump and ugly !!!!

Saint Paul's Church said...

Peter dont you like that wonderful building?

Saint Paul's Church said...

weed factory,you think there is none now?

MA said...

We know many don't like it. Building it in the first place is an example of how developers get things done in Thanet circumventing the democratic process. But demolition isn't on the cards. So perhaps it is more useful to discuss what to do with it. TDC is the freeholder. The leaseholder, Freshwater, one of the richest companies in the country have the responsibility for it's upkeep. TDC have the responsability to ensure standards are upheld. So why not enforce the terms of the lease and stop Freshwater holding Thanet to ransom. Listing would have ensured the correct windows are installed on replacement and that the shops be renovated sympathtically. Probably also that any proposed superstore be a reasonable size for a seafront location.

Peter Checksfield said...

Listing would've ensured that it was NEVER demolished. Even if it's not on the cards now, hopefully it will be in 10 or 20 years time...

Peter Checksfield said...

And... who's proposing a superstore on the seafront? Certainly not Tesco.

Anonymous said...

I would just ask English Heritage to review the decision...simples!

Peter Checksfield said...

I suppose I could try anon, but do they really have the power to demolish it?

Meowmix McTickles said...

Possibly, for future reference, it may be a good idea to check your facts. Call me old fashioned if you like, but one expects anyone blogging on something so specific to be in full possession of the facts.

Residents of Arlington House are not permitted to install sky dishes, or any similar fandangle, on the outside of the building.

I'm disappointed to note comments from Peter Checksfield as I've used a script which, up until now, has spared me his knee-jerk inanities. I may have to add the url of your blog to the script. Wish me luck.

Peter Checksfield said...

One has obviously made a mistake, hasn't one.

Michael Child said...

No such script exists on any of my webpages the JavaScrip here is ether written by me and linked to michaelsbookshop.com for live functionality, or is part of blogger. Same applies to thanetblogs.blogspot.co.uk and the scripts there that are also used by other Thanet bloggers and linked to michaelsbookshop.com all of the scripts can be viewed by selecting view source code in your browser.