On Tuesday 20th February Guildford Borough Council passed a resolution to sell West Lodge in Chilworth. West Lodge is a grade II list building attached to the Chilworth Gunpowder Mills Scheduled Monument. It is also part of the Gunpowder Mills Conservation Area set up by the Council.
For a quick summary of the issues with images and plans click here
The following are the personal views of Gavin Morgan, Founder of the Guildford Heritage Forum. Click here to see full letter of objection by Gavin Morgan
Gavin Morgan's view is that sale of West Lodge will affect the historical integrity of a scheduled monument and lead to changes that harm the ““natural and cultural heritage of the site”.
The argument can be summarised as follows:
Finally, if the Council’s proceeds with the sale of West Lodge then it should do so in a professional, responsible and open way. Before the building goes on the market the Council should consult all relevant statutory bodies so that potential buyers can be made aware of what they are taking on, its historical importance and what changes can be made to the building. This information should be publicly available, and St Martha Parish Council should be kept informed at each stage. The Council should refer to the following guidance from English Heritage: https://historicengland.org.uk/imagesbooks/publications/disposal-heritage-assets/