Press release

Heritage Minister John Penrose announces outcome of four post-war listing cases

Milton Keynes shopping centre becomes Grade II listed building

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The Milton Keynes shopping centre has today been listed, at Grade II, by Tourism and Heritage Minister John Penrose.  Requests to overturn two earlier listing decisions - for Coventry Market and the Castle House Co-op in Sheffield - have also been rejected by the minister.

However, he has turned down the application to list the Gatehouse at St. Anne’s College, Oxford.

John Penrose said:

“Post war buildings can, more than others, divide opinion.  The ‘test of time’ cannot be rushed, so the minister - me on this occasion - has to weigh the advice of experts and, where there is no clear consensus, find a way through that helps protect what’s truly excellent.  My decision to list Milton Keynes Shopping Centre and to reject calls to de-list important modern buildings in Coventry and Sheffield demonstrates this.  These are interesting and eye-catching buildings that clearly merit the extra protection that comes with listed status. 

“They are not, of course, guaranteed immortality.  The point of listing is to make sure that, if plans come forward in the future to demolish or redevelop them, the locally-elected decision makers are made fully aware of the buildings’ importance.”

Notes to Editors

Copies of the decision letters in each of the four cases mentioned are available from the DCMS press office on the number below.

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Published 16 July 2010