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NEW POWERS CONSIDERED TO PROTECT HISTORIC BUILDINGS

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The government is considering giving councils extra duties and powers to ensure historic buildings whose freeholds ...
The government is considering giving councils extra duties and powers to ensure historic buildings whose freeholds are compulsorily purchased under new legislation remain protected, the Daily Telegraph reports (p8).

Under measures in the Housing and Urban Development Bill, due to start its second reading in the Lords today, around 750,000 long leaseholders of flats will gain the right to purchase their freeholds.

In response to opposition from heritage groups, Housing and Planning Minister Sir George Young said the government was prepared to consider measures to ensure historic areas were protected. These could include ensuring uniformity of painting and ensuring buildings and communal gardens are maintained properly.
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