I was delighted to hear from Whetstone Parish Council that planners and developers have heeded comments I made some years ago, and saved an historic cottage from demolition.
30 High Street is on the corner of the lane leading to Whetstone Parish Church. Its features and location suggest a very long history of occupation, possibly connected to the church.
I surmised that it may have provided accommodation for labourers who were building or repairing part of the church. There are names etched into the brickwork above the front door.
A planning application to demolish the cottage was submitted. Following my comments, the developer rethought his scheme and has now merged the cottage with a number of new homes on the adjacent land.
Altogether, a very satisfactory outcome, and evidence that developers, planners and parish councillors can work together to enhance our village landscapes.