20 May 1998
Court orders that cliff-edge farmhouse must have new windows

ANTHONY OLIVER, who owns a Grade II farmhouse that is likely to topple into the sea within the next year, lost his High Court appeal against a planning committees ruling that he should restore its original windows.

The farmhouse, at Ravenscar, near Scarborough, North Yorkshire, is the victim of soil erosion. Oliver replaced the horizontal sash windows in 1994 when the cliff edge seemed a safe distance away.

North York Moors National Park Committee refused his retrospective planning application for the new windows and a dormer in 1995.

The national park committee meets next month to decide whether to have the windows restored in view of the limited future of the building.

  • The Times 20/05/98 page 11