Our client had a number of historic agricultural buildings that were no longer suitable for modern agricultural purposes and which were falling into various states of disrepair. Following a consultation, Bloomfields advised them of the potential for residential conversion to bring about a suitable re-use for the buildings; whilst unlocking potential economic gains or diversification for their business.
Bloomfields undertook a number of pre-application enquiries with the Council as to the suitability of the residential conversion and then the detailed design of the heritage assets and buildings.
Following on from these enquiries, Bloomfields provided a thorough supporting planning statement and historic farmstead analysis in support of an application for the farmstead conversion. Included in the submission was also alterations to the access arrangements to allow separate residential and farm accesses, as well as the extension to the existing main farmhouse.
Planning permission was approved for the change of use and conversion of a range of hopper huts and cook house, a former milking parlour as well as the conversion and extension of an oast house to provide more extensive residential accommodation. A modernisation and large rear extension was also approved for the main farmhouse.
The alternative access arrangements will allow the farming business to continue to prosper without impacting upon the new residential properties that will be created.