Dear Dr Myburgh,
Please see below. This will feature on the HASA website shortly. We would firstly like your comments.
What I have experienced (and this is part of our comment re your grading’s and applies to Tulbagh as well)) is that HWC ignore the overall grading when assessing an application as many of these are “reconstructed ” ignoring the detrimental effect that it has on the area.
In fact it is our experience that HWC approach appears to vary when considered as a whole . Compare the approach to a reconstructed building in a grade 1 area (it is free game ) as is a relatively intact example in an isolated position also free game . Possibly you would like to concentrate on this type of approach in a response to the attached article. We will be asking local organisations and SAHRA to comment as well . Thank you in anticipation
Len Raymond for (HASA)