Conversion of portal-framed building on historic farmstead approved together with landscape enhancements

Deep in the heart of the Kent countryside nestling in idyllic surroundings, there is a manor house set within a 258 acre estate.  The principal house in part dates back hundreds of years to the late medieval period, and is designated a Grade II listing being of Special Architectural Interest and Historic Note.

Within this setting, Bloomfields has obtained full planning permission for the conversion of one of the redundant agricultural storage buildings to a dwelling.  Whilst the building was located within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, our professional advice was that the principle of the building conversion should be considered acceptable in accordance with current national planning policy, provided that sufficient enhancement could be demonstrated to the context of the site within the grounds of a 15th century manor house.

As part of the application we were able to demonstrate that the removal of parts of the building, together with the provision of a wildflower meadow and butterfly gardens, would appropriately address landscape and ecological enhancement opportunities that had been identified within character appraisals for the area.