Sherlock author’s country home saved

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THE COUNTRY home of one of Portsmouth’s most famous sons has been saved from redevelopment.

Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle designed and lived in the house Undershaw, near Hindhead, with his family.

It was where he wrote The Hound of the Baskervilles but it fell into disrepair and a developer was given permission to turn it into nine separate homes.

The Royal Courts of Justice has now said Waverley Borough Council’s decision to grant planning permission for homes at Undershaw should be quashed.

According to the judicial review this is because of flaws in the planning process.

The Victorian Society has welcomed the decision.

Director Ian Dungavell said: ‘It is wonderful news.

‘We’ve been campaigning to save Undershaw since 2006 as the house commissioned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for his own family’s occupation Undershaw has international significance. It was at Undershaw that Doyle wrote his most famous work.’