Judge backs inspector and Monmouthshire CC over listed mansion replacement slates refusal

A High Court judge has come down on the side of Monmouthshire County Council (CC) and a planning inspector in a row over a couple’s choice of replacement tiles for a grade II* listed mansion.

Planning Resource writes:

Wyndcliffe Court, in St Arvans near Chepstow, was built in the Arts and Crafts style for shipping magnate Charles Clay in 1922. But the grade II* listed property’s stone roof tiles have reached the end of their useful life and the roof is leaking. The tiles came from the Collyweston Quarry in Northamptonshire, but are disintegrating due to the mansion’s exposed position overlooking the Severn Estuary.

Tiles from the quarry are now in very limited supply and they are in any event ‘unviable’ as a reroofing material for Wyndcliffe Court, judge Milwyn Jarman QC heard. The property’s current owners, Anthony and Juliet Clay, argue that the interior’s ornate plasterwork is at risk from encroaching damp…

But Monmouthshire County Council refused listed building consent for the reroofing project in March last year…

The Clays appealed, but a planning inspector backed the council in December last year…

Dismissing their complaints, Judge Jarman could detect no flaw in the planning inspector’s reasoning. There was, he added, no ‘positive obligation’ on the inspector to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of man-made tiles against natural slate. Also rejecting the couple’s plea that the inspector gave inadequate reasons for his decision, the judge said he ‘adequately dealt with the issues raised’. He concluded: ‘There are no grounds for interfering with the inspector’s decision.’

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