Council halts farmer’s plans for Hollerday Hill
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Lynton man planned to rebuild ancient house in Lynton as part of £3 million project.
A LYNTON farmer who wants to buy council land and rebuild a historic mansion house has been told the land is ‘not for sale’.
Anthony Burdett has spent years researching the history of Hollerday House, the home of Sir George Newnes, the famous publisher who funded the Lynton and Lynmouth cliff railway.
All that remains of the house, demolished by the army in 1956, is the foundations.
And the ambitious plans to rebuild it – complete with amphitheatre and ancient standing stones – have now stalled following the breakdown of negotiations with Lynton and Lynmouth Town Council.
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The council, which has had a management committee looking after the land as a public amenity for around 20 years, has declined Mr Burdett’s offer, saying the land had been gifted it to people of Lynton and Lynmouth.
Town clerk Kevin Harris said: “Mr Burdett’s offer was considered by the council’s estates and management committee but has been declined as the land is not for sale.
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“It was gifted to the town council for the use of everyone, not for one commercial entity.”
Mr Burdett, who has lived in Lynton for 22 years, is now trying to gather support for the project.
He told the Gazette: “I just want to put back what was already there – this should have been the site of an incredible historic house.
“I have done a three-year business plan which shows when it’s completed this could employ 20-24 people and bring in a lot of tourism; it’s what Lynton needs.
“I’d also like to carve an amphitheatre into the hillside, and reinstate the ancient standing stones which were there but were taken away and used as gate posts.”
Should Hollerday House be rebuilt? What do you think? Email reporter Sarah Howells on firstname.lastname@example.org