Lest we forget

As we approach the centenary of the ending of the First World War it’s rather nice to see planning inspectors doing their bit to preserve the memory of the fallen.

In County Durham an inspector decided that an agricultural shed would intrude into the verdant setting of a listed war memorial which was carefully positioned at a strategic bend in the road at the entrance to the village (DCS Number 400-018-114).

In Norfolk an inspector noted that the village war memorial had been listed as part of a nationwide thematic programme to list war memorials for the centenary of the First World War. He considered that it was a physical representation of the sacrifices of the community in the major conflict of the First World War (1914-1918), giving it both a local historical significance and a wider national significance. He decided that the activity associated with three bungalows would intrude into the prevailing sense of tranquillity for quiet reflection and contemplation that contributed to the significance of the designated heritage asset (DCS Number 400-018-127).

Well done, sirs. As the philosopher George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” And none of us want that.

Information concerning the control related to listed structures is set out at section 27.412 of DCP Online.