On the eve of a planning meeting in Shrewbury, Satan and all his fiends gather on top of Oswestry Hillfort, confident that the even-handed nature of their very own Historic Environment Impact Assessment together with a bit of prepared chat about “housing shortage” and “damage outweighed by benefits” will get them permission to build lots of three and four bedroomed executive houses in the setting. “Why here” asked a naive young junior reporter. “Simple!” replied the Lord of Darkness, “we heard, even in the depths of Hell, that Shropshire Council are a naive or worse pushover and Historic England will sit on their hands!”