With regard to Conservation Areas, the Council’s Local Plan (at 34.3.24) states: “There have been examples of buildings being allowed to deteriorate, followed by demolition. The Council will take all appropriate measures available to it to ensure that that there is no incentive for such action.” Unfortunately this policy does not apply to the Sutton Estate, a late Edwardian housing estate much valued for its social housing and architectural cohesion, as it lies just outside the Chelsea Conservation Area. The developer’s proposal to demolish the Estate, which it justified on grounds of deterioration for which the developer itself had been responsible, aroused a storm of opposition; but the planning officers’ report of November 2016 made no objection to the proposed demolition (though it rejected the proposal for other reasons). Once again, the Architectural Appraisal Panel was cited in support. The developer has appealed to the Planning Inspectorate, and we fear that the officers’ approval of the demolition will be used by the Planning Inspectorate – or by the developer under a subsequent proposal – to push the demolition through.