CHEZEL BIRD - WDC'S CONSERVATION EXPERT
Chezel Bird Dip Arch Dip UP RIBA MRTPI IHBC, Co-Director The Conservation Studio
According to the Conservation Studio (see details below) Chezel Bird trained as an architect and town planner, working for the Greater London Council for ten years. She was born in 1950.
To begin with Chezel was employed as as a 'conservation student,' but later supervised repairs to listed buildings - then went back to the GLC's Historic Buildings Division as a statutory casework officer.
We are pleased to note that our information is correct in that Ms Bird joined English Heritage as Historic Areas Advisor for the East Midlands in 1985.
Then in 1990 she became responsible for conservation areas in the South East, which is why, we presume, she came to be employed by Wealden District Council - and came to know Douglas Moss and Vic Scarpa.
During a public inquiry in 1997 Ms Bird gave evidence on behalf of Wealden District Council. Nelson Kruschandl recalls that Ms Bird visited the archaeological site at Herstmonceux, without even bothering to make an appointment. Despite this she was shown much of the archaeological evidence, which was later shown to the Sussex Industrial Archaeology Society and then brought to the attention of East Sussex County Council where Mr Kruschandl was told about PPG15 and PPG16.
We are told that Ms Bird is recorded as a visitor to the Maltings in Lewes where she failed to note a 1913 extract from the Friday October 10th 1913 edition of the Sussex Express, Surrey Standard and Kent Mail. We find it strange that a non-expert like Mr Kruschandl should be able to find such a document without any training, but that Ms Bird missed it entirely! It was of course inconvenient evidence that her client would not want to see.
It is also puzzling that where Ms Bird has written articles quoting PPG15 and has worked for English Heritage, that she failed to advise Wealden DC that they were obliged to refer the matter to both the County Archaeologist and then English Heritage. This could be another of those strange incidences of amnesia that so often seems to affect town planners when they enter the Wealden District.
claims to be enthusiastic about the historical development of settlements and the interpretation of urban
character. We note that she provides temporary development control advice to local
authorities quite often - which after consideration of her testimony in
the case of Herstmonceux Museum for WDC, is puzzling. Check out the
extract from David
Phillips' report to the the area plans south Planning Committee in 1998 - extract of
which is seen on our Kelvin
"Over 28 years have passed since the first conservation area was designated under the Civic Amenities Act 1967 and now more than 8,000 exist. The current legislation lays a duty upon the local authority not only to designate such areas, but to take positive action by formulating and publishing proposals for their preservation and enhancement. Conservation areas therefore should be managed according to agreed criteria and policies a very proactive approach.
It is quite clear therefore that designation of a conservation area should not be seen as an end in itself, and further government advice on this is to be found in PPGJ5."
FEB 2010 - CONSERVATION STUDIO
Consultation Urban Characterisation
Density Study (UCDS)
SWANSEA CITY COUNCIL
The city and County of Swansea has appointed the Conservation Studio to provide a Character Appraisal and Management Plan for the Ffynone Conservation Area. First drafts will be prepared in March 2013 with a view to full public consultation commencing in early April 2013.
The purpose of the Walkabout – led by representatives of the the Planning Department of Swansea Council and Ms Chezel Bird of the Conservation Studio – was to build on information already gathered at the meeting held at the Lifepoint Centre in Fynone in November 2011.
Topics discussed during and after the walkabout:
Issues which can be addressed in the Management Plan
Background papers, including suggested changes to the boundary, were provided on the day by Ms Chezel Bird. The consultants (Conservation Studio) conducted a community walkabout on Friday 8th March 2013 at The Grove entrance to Cwmdonkin Park. The council hoped this would help identify issues and opportunities.
that Ms Bird had such difficulty finding vital documents in the well
organised archives in Lewes between 1996 - 1998 and then had difficulty
identifying an original building as being exactly that: original, we
have our reservations that such important tasks as preparing
Conservation Areas, etc, might be conducted as completely as any
council might want for their public. We here invite and would welcome
comments from Ms Bird, which will be treated in confidence, unless state
Tel: 01792 637341
The Conservation Studio
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