A country manor house that inspired Thomas Hardy is at the centre of a planning row as the local council recommended 120 houses be built next door.
The development near Dorchester in Dorset would “ruin the environs” of Elizabethan Grade I listed Wolfeton House which the great novelist frequently visited, according to the Hardy Society.
Tony Fincham, of the Hardy Society, said: “This proposed development is within 200 yards of Wolfeton House and it will damage the environs of the 16th century house, which remains in appearance exactly as described by Hardy.”
He added: “It’s not good news for those concerned about preserving Thomas Hardy’s landscape, which is an integral part of his literary heritage.”
Not going to change Hardy’s heritage at all now, is it? Because, you know, he wrote the description down in a book ‘n’all?