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Bid to save Hound of the Baskervilles house fails

By Cathy Gordon

A High Court challenge against a plan to redevelop the Victorian house where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote The Hound Of The Baskervilles has failed.

Author John Gibson, founder of the Undershaw Preservation Trust, attacked a decision made by the local planning authority to give the go-ahead for redevelopment of the Grade 2 listed building in Surrey for use as a school.

But his case against Waverley Borough Council was rejected by a judge in London.

Mr Gibson challenged the March decisions of the council to grant planning permission and Listed building consent for the redevelopment of Sir Arthur's former home, Undershaw, which was built to his design.

The structure, at Hindhead Crossroads near Haslemere, Surrey, was used as a hotel from the 1920s. It was left empty in 2005.

Mr Justice Foskett said the planning committee was "justified in proceeding on the basis that single residential use was not a viable option".

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