Devastated to receive English Heritage’s decision not to list this very exceptional house. Sadly, EH’s decision is justified and also highlights the consequences of lack of interim protection: EH were unable to list the building because the internal staircase – a key feature – was removed AFTER the spot-listing application was submitted. The Society has repeatedly shouted that, even if the house remains nondesignated, it is undoubtedly a heritage asset and, therefore, under current policy a material consideration for the Local Planning Authority (PPS5, HE8.1). EH’s thorough assessment and report have strongly confirmed our position – both as regards the special architectural interest of the building in its own right and as regards its positive contribution to a Conservation Area. We understand the Council are to make a decision tomorrow and have written to them again – for the third time so far!