Adviser unveils latest list of threatened historic buildings

Reports that a church celebrated as the birthplace of feminism has been added to built environment conservation adviser Historic England's latest register of heritage sites at risk feature in today's newspaper round-up.

A church celebrated as the birthplace of feminism, Brighton’s Old Town and a 1960s aviary at London zoo are among the historic sites on a new list of heritage considered to be at risk in England, the Guardian reports. Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England, which produced the list, warned that although there are fewer entries on the register than last year, many that remain or have been added are neglected and decaying, according to the newspaper.

A third runway at Heathrow is "doomed", writes Philip Stephens in the Financial Times (subscription required). "The objections are too legion to fully enumerate. The airport is in the wrong place. Further expansion will add to the blight on the lives of upwards of a million residents of the capital. The noise and air pollution will be intolerable," Stephens writes.

Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to avoid an immediate vote on new runway capacity in the South East "opens up a window for critics of a third runway to fight on", the Financial Times (subscription required) reports. The newspaper adds that public consultations on a national policy statement, setting out detailed reasons and conditions for airport expansion, and a development consent order, "will be an additional challenge". These "could turn into prolonged efforts to relitigate the government’s decision", according to the newspaper.

An art deco town hall in east London is set to be converted into a boutique hotel, despite a petition signed by more than 1,000 people, the Evening Standard reports. According to the newspaper, the London Borough of Haringey this week voted to proceed with plans from a Hong Kong developer to turn Hornsey town hall into a hotel, houses and community facilities, including an arts centre.

The Earl’s Court redevelopment scheme "is at the centre of a wrangle over the future of London housing", the Financial Times (subscription required) reports. According to the newspaper, London mayor Sadiq Khan is reviewing the plans and seeking a big increase in the number of affordable homes on the site. "At the same time, the market for luxury apartments, which underpin the plans, has slumped," the newspaper says.

House price inflation in London has fallen to its lowest level in nearly two years, The Times (subscription required) reports. The newspaper says that house price growth in London was just 0.9 per cent in the three months to September, according to analyst Hometrack. The firm’s director of research, Richard Donnell, told the newspaper that the city is reaching an affordability limit, with the average price of a London home costing £480,500.


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