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14. Conversion to new uses, retaining as much as possible of the original buildings is not a logistical, nor financial impossibility. The usual problem is the local authorities with their zones, planning regulations and narrow views of reuse. Planning blight results, and sites become derelict, vandalised and destroyed.

Cane Hill is the prime example; being in Londonís green belt, itís future is still being argued over. Not so for Netherne, some five miles down the road, and already converted into luxury flats.