Henley Hill Barn, Wiltshire

Securing approvals to convert and restore a listed barn

Our client bought a dilapidated barn in an isolated position near Marshfield, with a scheme to convert it into a dwelling. On registering the planning application, the barn immediately became spot listed and the planning application could not be determined. We were asked to review the conversion with a view to submitting both planning and listed building applications.

We negotiated an alternative scheme with the barn’s new owner and obtained revised planning and listed building approval for a new design including the restoration of an adjoining byre.

Although the conservation officer initially objected to the insertion of a first floor, we successfully argued that our proposal caused least harm to the listed building as we maintained the openness of the roof structure. Part of the approval included a new design including the restoration of an adjoining byre.

Water for the barn was sourced from a new borehole and the amount of land around the barn enabled a cost effective trench-dug ground source heat pump to be installed.