We were invited by the Austin Village Preservation Trust to support in a consultation on the future of the Village – a community of timber framed bungalows dating from 1917. Its Conservation Area status was under threat of being removed, and while there was outcry from conservation groups, there were mixed responses from residents regarding this. We assisted by meeting with Ian Ward to discuss options to resolve the matter, and presented planning advice to residents at a ‘town hall’ event to mediate the discussion.