SITE OF ANCIENT FARM ‘SHOULD BE PROTECTED’
Home visited by Henry VIII metres from HS2 viaduct
THE owner of a 900-year-old house under threat of being blighted by HS2 has accused the government of breaking the law.
Grade I listed Savay Farm in Denham sits just a few hundred metres from the site of the proposed Colne Valley Viaduct.
The former home of Oswald Mosley, Savay Farm has foundations which date back over a thousand years and is a former hunting lodge of Henry VIII.
According to owner Sally Cakebread, one of the house’s beams has been carbon-dated to before Christ and there are ancient burial mounds within the grounds.
Sally has launched a petition calling on HS2 to put a tunnel under the Colne Valley to protect the ancient wildlife and setting.
She said: “I just believe it’s totally wrong because it’s a Grade I listed house and has its setting protected in law.
“The government is breaking the law by doing this.”
She added: “We have to put in a tunnel. I just think it’s ridiculous.”
Sally believes HS2 is deliberately targeting privately-owned heritage assets such as hers because they are a ‘soft target’ and HS2 ‘don’t value heritage’.
She said there are ‘very few historical houses’ and HS2 has ‘hit the lot of them’, and argued that a number of important places are being forced to close down, such as the Hillingdon Outdoor Activity Centre. The viaduct and train line will be ‘really really noisy’, it will have a ‘horrible visual impact’ and will seriously damage ‘this historical house which has been here for 900 years’.
She added: “I think it’s a cynical targeting of heritage assets.”
The proposed viaduct will pass just two hundred metres from Sally’s back garden and four trains per minute are set to run along it.
Sally said: “People wouldn’t be able to visit and the setting will be destroyed. “I feel strongly about it because it’s wrong. The Government has no regard for preserving the heritage of the country.” She said of the HS2 House of Lords report: “They’ve published a whole pack of lies about our house.
“We’ve had horrible experiences with HS2 – they’re a toxic organisation. We’ve been ignored from the beginning.”
A spokesman for HS2 Ltd said: “As we develop the Colne Valley viaduct’s design we will consult to ensure that it is sensitive to the local environment and is both distinct and positive to the area.”
The petition can be found at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/174981.
Under threat: Savay Farm