Historic England, the public body that looks after England’s historic environment, has blasted Veolia’s planning application for an enormous incinerator in the rural Wey Valley, this week's Alton Herald reports.
It is concerned that the incinerator would harm the significance of Grade II* listed Bonham’s Farmhouse by eroding the historic rural setting associated with the farm. The organisation adds that Hampshire County Council should be mindful of its statutory duty under the Planning Act 1990 to have special regard to the desirability of preserving listed buildings or their setting.
They also point out that the same Act requires clear and convincing justification for any harm to a designated heritage asset. In other words, the needs and benefits to the public need to decisively outweigh the harm Historic England say would follow the development.
The planning application has already been the subject of more than 5,000 objections, including those from CPRE - the Countryside Charity, and the South Downs National Park.
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