Entries invited for best new and restored buildings in the Chilterns

One of the competition's previous winners was Marchants Farm, Pudds Cross, near Bovingdon.
One of the competition's previous winners was Marchants Farm, Pudds Cross, near Bovingdon.

The search has begun for the best new and restored buildings in the Chilterns.

Entries from homeowners, architects and developers are being sought by the annual Chilterns Building Design Awards.

The awards are hosted by the Chilterns Conservation Board and the Chiltern Society - two groups dedicated to safeguarding what is best for the area, one of the most outstanding areas of countryside in England.

Last year one of the winners was a refurbished farmhouse at Marchants Farm in Pudds Cross, near Bovingdon.

Conservation Board planning officer Colin White said: “We want to encourage better building design, and to encourage architects and developers to use traditional, local materials and designs in their work.

“We are not trying to turn back the clock, but we do believe that new buildings in the Chilterns should fit in with the beautiful countryside that’s around them.”

It isn’t just new houses that are eligible for consideration, industrial and public buildings are also eligible, as are restorations and conversions of existing buildings.

The closing date for entries or nominations is March 1. Application forms and further information are available from the Conservation Board office on 01844 355500, email office@chilternsaonb.org or from the Chiltern Society, White Hill Centre, Chesham, call 01494 771250, email office@chilternsociety.org.uk.