15th January 2017
Sworders has published its latest planning success case study on the residential conversion of an historic farmstead, including a Grade II* listed tithe barn (PDF).
Local Planning Authorities (LPA) and English Heritage (now Historic England – HE) tend to resist the conversion of Grade II* listed buildings as they consider them too important and usually raise concerns that their residential conversion would compromise their character.
If Sworders had incorporated all five buildings on the site in a single application, the LPA and HE could have resisted the conversion of the Grade II* tithe barn – which is of particular historic interest – and would have sought the proceeds from the other conversions to fund the tithe barn renovation works, thus securing the long term retention of the building in its agricultural form and effectively preventing its residential conversion.
Therefore a carefully considered and phased approach, taking into account the level of difficulty associated with the conversion of individual barns was necessary…
Read the full case study here