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High Court quashes planning permission for skyscraper after Victorian Society advice ignored

11/12/2020

Planning permission for a 51-storey development in central Birmingham has been quashed due to the council’s failure to disclose our objection to the planning committee.


Victorian Society asks Secretary of State to call in Exeter’s Harlequins development

10/12/2020

The Victorian Society has requested a call in over plans to build an incongruously large development in Exeter that would overshadow the surrounding low-rise historic townscape.

Listing success for Victorian Society’s Birmingham Group

03/12/2020

The Birmingham Group of the Victorian Society has successfully had Birmingham's former Wellington Hotel Grade II-listed.

Victorian Society applies for listings to protect Worcester’s historic cityscape

19/11/2020

The Victorian Society is the latest national body calling for Worcester City Council to reject Lowesmoor redevelopment plans. These would demolish historic buildings in a conservation area including a former music hall long associated with the male impersonating star, Vesta Tilley. The Society is in the process of submitting listing applications to help ensure their survival.

Herefordshire Council must reject demolition of historic rectory to reach 2030 environmental targets  

11/11/2020

The Victorian Society strongly objects to the Diocese of Hereford’s plans to demolish a historic rectory in Hereford. Not only would this see Hereford’s architectural heritage diminished but reuse of existing buildings, rather than demolition, is vital to meeting the environmental commitments of both the council and the Church of England.

Victorian Society comments ‘should not be brushed aside’ says judge in Birmingham skyscraper challenge

05/11/2020

Proposed high-rise development raises major concerns over the impact on Birmingham’s historic buildings.

Victorian society expresses concerns over proposed planning changes

30/10/2020

Victorian Society Director Joe O'Donnell responds to proposed changes to the planning system.

Listing success for Victorian Society’s Leicester Group

22/10/2020

The Leicester Group of the Victorian Society have succeeded in having the Former Hydraulic Power Station in Leicester Grade II-listed.


Victorian Society's Top 10 Most Endangered Buildings list 2020

30/09/2020

Our Top 10 Endangered Buildings list highlights at-risk heritage all over the country in the hope of finding new solutions. Please support our fight to protect our precious historic buildings - we're currently offering £10 off our annual membership for the first year if you pay by direct debit. Click here to read more!

Joe O'Donnell appointed new Director of the Victorian Society

The Victorian Society is very pleased to announce Joe O’Donnell as its new Director.

Win for the Victorian Society as Liverpool zip wire blocked after our legal challenge

03/09/2020

The Mayor of Liverpool has blocked plans to build an intrusive zip wire attraction in the heart of Liverpool’s historic civic buildings.

Victorian Society legal challenge to Liverpool Council's zip wire decision

19/08/2020

An application was filed on Friday to request leave for a judicial review into Liverpool City Council's decision to allow a zip wire in the heart of Liverpool's World Heritage Site.

Victorian Society slams Liverpool Council’s approval of zip wire

20/07/2020

The Victorian Society deplores the recent decision of Liverpool City Council to grant planning permission for a zip wire between St John’s Beacon and the Central Library building.

Victorian Society celebrates as plans are approved to finally restore Smithfield Market

24/06/2020

Plans to transform the historic market into the Museum of London have been officially approved.

Victorian Society urges councils and owners to protect historic buildings from arson

28/05/2020

Following yet another major blaze at a listed building, pressure mounts on councils to do more to protect our precious historic buildings. The Victorian Society warns councils that we face losing many more important buildings to arson unless urgent action is taken to secure them properly.

Victorian Society condemns Birmingham police station's needless destruction

27/05/2020

A characterful Victorian police station in Birmingham imminently faces the wrecking ball. The historic structure, built by prominent architects, is deemed ‘inconvenient’ - standing in the way of a road-widening scheme.

Partial demolition plans for St Joseph's in Preston recommended for approval

01/05/2020

Plans to tear down parts of the Grade II-listed gothic orphanage in Preston are set to go ahead.

Victorian Society calls for public inquiry into losing a key part of Bristol's waterside heritage

12/03/2020

The Victorian Society requests a public inquiry into the Silverthorne Lane development in a final bid to save an irreplaceable part of Bristol’s industrial heritage.

Victorian Society calls for reuse of Bradford's historic Fountain Hall

27/02/2020

The Victorian Society urge Bradford Council to save the remains of a historic piece of Victorian architecture currently facing demolition.


Birmingham & West Midlands group's 2019 Conservation Award winner announced

10/02/2020

The Birmingham & West Midlands group of the Victorian Society have named Sandwell Council as the winners of their 2019 Conservation Award for the restoration of Smethwick Council House.


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