Home vis­ited by Henry VIII me­tres from HS2 viaduct

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­brt@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

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.par­lia­­ti­tions/174981.

Un­der threat: Savay Farm

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