Save Weston’s beauty - MP

PUBLISHED: 13:01 07 January 2013


WESTON MP John Penrose has called on the Government to introduce laws to ensure the town’s best scenery is preserved.

The former heritage minister believes the town’s most beautiful views need protecting from future development, just as buildings of historical significance can obtain listed status.

Mr Penrose said: “As heritage minister, I saw a situation where individual buildings or entire areas are protected but not some of our most favourite urban views.

“The current and sometimes confusing system too often prevents derelict areas from being regenerated and everyone’s a loser.

“So what we need is a system that would ensure our best views are protected and give greater clarity to property developers as to where and what they can build. I’m not sure why this hasn’t been done before.”

The Conservative MP said there were several views in and around Weston which he would like to see retained.

He added: “My favourite views of Weston would be looking south across the bay from the top of the hill above Birnbeck, the old shop architecture above ground level on the High Street, the twin crescents in Ellenborough Park and Royal Crescent, and looking up at Uphill’s roofless old church above the village.”

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