Planners close the book on Hardy country saga

Planning inspector concludes proposals for 120-home development near Dorchester would cause ‘permanent damage’ to the setting of the Grade I listed Wolfeton House, once frequented by the great Victorian author

Refurbishing old buildings reduces emissions – but outdated tax rates make it expensive

Existing buildings already embody significant CO₂ emissions, which makes it all the more important to upgrade and refurbish – rather than demolish and rebuild – wherever possible. But as it stands, the UK’s tax system actually puts a significant financial penalty on refurbishment, while incentivising new construction. It’s time for that to change, says Walter Menteth