The Practice offers a range of services related to planning: initial advice, business plans, appraisals and preparation and handling of applications and appeals. We can also design your agricultural building or dwelling. We have extensive experience in estate management and replacement dwellings as well as Para 55 houses.
As the clients had applied for a dwelling in the last ten years, it could not be shown that there had been no agricultural production during this period. However, they were advised to submit a CLU on the basis that they had not been solely or mainly employed in agriculture during this period. This had the benefit that in the event that the CLU failed it would establish the level of agricultural production needed for compliance. However, the evidence gathered by the Practice was sufficient to demonstrate non-compliance with the condition and the certificate was issued.
Mansfield Barn is a redundant agricultural building standing in splendid rural isolation. It is of traditional timber frame construction with weather boarded walls and a clay tile roof. Lack of use over the years had seen its condition deteriorate but it was still structurally sound and capable of being repaired and re-used.
As a redundant rural building the preferred use in planning policy terms would usually be a commercial or a business use with residential conversion a last resort. However the barn’s isolated position and narrow 1 mile approach drive were major obstacles to such use. Although not a statutory listed building the Council’s Conservation Officer took a very close interest and then four species of Bat and a Barn Owl were found!
In the end residential use was granted planning permission.
Working with the architect Ben Macdonald Associates, the aim was to provide a dwelling that retained the historic and architectural integrity of the building and its agricultural antecedent. As a result, the Barn would clearly appear as a barn in a new use rather than a house with some barn like features.
Over the years the Practice has been engaged and retained by a number of clients to advise on planning policy and development issues for buildings and land owned by rural landowners. The following are examples of the work undertaken.
Rempstone Estate, Dorset
Malmesbury Estate, Dorset
Greywell Estate, Hampshire
Chilbolton Down Farm Estate, Hampshire
Boughey Estate, Hampshire
Great Trippetts, West Sussex
Froyle Estate, Hampshire
Exbury Gardens, Hampshire
Barfold Farm, Haslemere
Below is a selection of the type of projects we have undertaken:
Replacement Dwelling – Mayfield Farm, Binley
Acting on behalf of Sandy Soames the Practice was successful in obtaining detailed planning permission for a replacement 6 bedroom ‘georgian’ style house with ancillary staff flat and garage on a 4.25ha site at Binley in Basingstoke District. The house was designed by Adam Architecture with landscape assessment and detailed landscaping scheme drawn up by the late Elizabeth Ford Landscape Architect.
The site is within the Wessex Downs AONB and contained a collection of 17 former agricultural/ equestrian buildings and two dwellings. Bats were present in one of the dwellings but the scheme included the creation of a bat loft in one of the existing outbuildings to mitigate the effect on bats and make enhanced provision.
The key issues were:
Although the officer recommendation was for refusal Members of the Planning Committee were persuaded that the development would truly enhance the area and the environment of the AONB and unanimously granted permission.
Mark Himmens – Adam Architecture
Brigitte Crafer – Elizabeth Ford Landscape Architects
David West – ENIMS ecology
Situated in the Meon Valley, this project involved 700 sq m replacement dwelling, with 500 sq m