Manor Farm, Seagrave
(in association with David Granger Architectural Design Ltd)
Charnwood Borough Council opposed the conversion of a redundant farm building alongside Manor Farmhouse to a new dwelling, citing that the village was not a sustainable location for any new development and that the proposed conversion would also harm the Seagrave conservation area.
On these two issues, the case prepared by TRIGPOINT Conservation & Planning argued that the range of local services, as well as those accessible by public transport, meant the village was not an unsustainable location for new development and that the Council’s reliance on its emerging Core Strategy was fundamentally flawed and the proposed development should therefore be assessed on the basis of the existing local plan policies.
Our analysis of the building also showed that whilst it was of only limited architectural merit, it did have an important link with the village’s agricultural heritage and consequently it was of local historic interest and made a positive contribution to the character of the conservation area. It was our view therefore that it was important to retain the building and find an appropriate new use for it.
The appeal was allowed. The Inspector noted that the creation of one additional dwelling in the village close to some of the village services and re-using previously developed land was a sustainable form of development and that conversion of the barn to a dwelling would retain the integrity of an important group of buildings, enhancing the character and appearance of the conservation area.
As a result our client can now redevelop his former agricultural building to provide a new home.