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Properties At Risk Are Crying Out For Grand Designs And Care

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Properties at risk are crying out for grand designs and care

GRAND but crumbling, an imposing Italianate villa in Newport, on offer for a nominal sum, might appear the ideal subject for fans of television property restoration shows.

Yet the nation’s economic problems have dented the appetite of people in Wales for taking on the expensive and arduous task of restoring the nation’s many historic properties.

Save Britain’s Heritage, an independent charity that campaigns for the protection of buildings of architectural interest, has seen a 10% rise in the number of buildings in Wales on its at risk register over the last 12 months.

These range from a rambling country house with sea views to an old mental hospital and the grand villa on Newport’s Kensington Grove.

Rhiannon Tracy, buildings at risk officer for Save, said a good proportion of the buildings are suitable for repair as family homes, while others will make excellent small development projects for entrepreneurs and builders.

“There are currently 107 buildings in Wales in need of loving restoration in the 22nd annual catalogue of Buildings at Risk across the UK, she said.

“I have noticed a 10% increase in such properties. These buildings are crying out for a new use.”

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Maybe it is the few thousand other already modernised but unable to sell houses in Wales.

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Maybe it has something to do with property being 5 or 6 times overpriced and people

preferring to eat rather than spending what little money they have on a festering pile of bricks? :)

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Maybe it has something to do with property being 5 or 6 times overpriced and people

preferring to eat rather than spending what little money they have on a festering pile of bricks? :)

Could be. Or it could be a logical consequence of the listed building system, which turns the sad collapse of historically interesting buildings into an economically rational inevitability.

Probably a bit of both.

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Could be. Or it could be a logical consequence of the listed building system, which turns the sad collapse of historically interesting buildings into an economically rational inevitability.

Probably a bit of both.

I would agree with this. Land is too expensive at the minute but add to that the restrictions that local planning authorities impose on you and it just isn't worth the hassle (and vast expense). And this isn't just for listed buildings, for dilapidated barns (ones that are going to fall down within a few years) and various other buildings which desperately need saving.

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