The How on Houghton Road, St Ives has been recognised by the government as a ‘Building of Special Architectural and Historic Interest’. The building, which was designed by the famous Victorian architect William White, has been protected as a Grade II listed building.

A current planning application for the partial demolition and alteration of the house and its outbuildings prompted the council to request that the building be assessed for listing.

White, a pioneering architect considered to be one of the most interesting and least known of Victorian Gothic revivalists, was related through his sister to the Ansley family who commissioned the building. White specialised in churches and vicarages, many of which have already been protected. The How, being one of a small number of domestic schemes, is an important example of his work.

Head of Development, Andy Moffat, said: "As part of the growth we need to plan for across the district, it is important that we also protect the important elements of our district that residents hold dear. Our built heritage is a key part of this. The recognition of the historic and architectural importance of The How by Historic England ensures that its special interest can be retained as part of development proposals at the site."