Mary & Henry’s fomer home, Spring Cottage at Lyth Hill is now under threat of demolition once again. The owner originally submitted plans in 2013 to demolish the house in order to build a 5-bedroomed luxury house complete with swimming pool, gym and basement cinema. Planning permission has been refused twice on the grounds that its scale is not in-keeping with the surrounding properties and the beautiful environment of Lyth Hill. The local community,The Mary Webb Society and many others have sent letters of objection and had hoped that this would be the end of it. However, we have now been informed that an appeal has been lodged to the Secretary of State. Original comments/ objections still stand but you are urged to make any comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12th October. Even if you have already made a comment, it would still help if you simply state “Please consider the fact and comments contained in my/our letters of (date) submitted to Shropshire Council on (date).
Although the fact that this was Mary Webb’s home is so important to us, we realise that the main reasons for refusal were around the scale and the adverse impact on the environment of the proposed property. However, the fact remains that Spring Cottage is still regarded as part of our literary heritage and we are opposed to its wanton destruction. Let’s not allow this to happen.