Listed barn conversions with new build enabling development

CLAYPITS, STROUD

Client: Gloucestershire County Council

SF Planning Limited, acting as Planning Consultant and working with Tyack Architects were able to maximise the potential of the site to provide four new dwellings (two via conversion of existing barns and two via new build) following positive pre-application engagement with Stroud District Council.

The part conversion and part redevelopment of this underutilised grade II listed farmstead was demonstrated to represent an enhancement of the local landscape in which it is located, through the removal of some modern barns on the site and replacement with sensitively designed new buildings. This is despite Stroud District Council’s very restricted local plan policy on new development in the countryside.

Project

OVERVIEW

The complexities of the site involved:
  • Main farmhouse and historic barns grade II listed
  • An inflexible local planning policy in relation to new build development in the countryside
  • Significant landscape constraints

Our Planning Statement demonstrated the proposed development was in accordance with national and local planning policy and highlighted significant material considerations including the potential prior approval “fall back” position to convert some of the barns to other uses.

The proposals were proven to enable the heritage assets located on the site to be maintained and sensitively restored to a viable residential use to safeguard their long term future in accordance with Stroud’s local plan policy in relation to listed buildings.

The proposed form of the development, designed in a style to complement the retained farmstead, was considered by the Council to be consistent and complementary to the prevailing character and appearance of the area and in terms of design, height and scale.

Based upon our detailed technical planning assessment justification case presented in support of the scheme, the scheme was approved by the council under delegated powers.

The site has now been built out with completed photographs available in our news storey.

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