Developers face wrath over state of old farmhouse

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An historic farmhouse that was once one of the most glorious buildings in Milton Keynes has been allowed to go to rack and ruin –by a property developer.

The Grade 11 listed Shenley Dens farmhouse has become a vandalised and crumbling shell while Persimmon Homes prepare to start building new homes nearby.

For the past four years council officers have warned the company they were concerned about the Shenley Church End building’s condition and urged that repairs be carried out.

Now, after a council site visit showed the Calverton Road house to be “in an extremely poor state ,” officers have issued a final threat – a Section 54 notice.

This means if Persimmon fails to act, the council can carry out the required works itself and recover the cost from the developer. The council also has the power to prosecute Persimmon under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990. If guilty it could be fined or imprisoned.