A Cotswold barn in rural Gloucestershire

Background

Dating back to Circa 1750, this barn is a significant historic asset which forms part of a rural estate.  Located in the open countryside and detached from any settlement, this spectacular barn is currently in a poor state of repair.

The estate is seeking to revitalise this asset into a future viable use that will benefit the rural local economy whilst preserving and enhancing the significance of the historic and architectural interest.  MEP was therefore instructed by the client to secure a viable use for the barn, and associated site, to ensure its longevity.

Following discussions with the client, LPA and Historic England, given the size and location of the barn, along with its heritage and unique appearance, it was concluded that the site would provide an ideal platform for a desirable wedding location, with potential to deliver events at a range of scales.

The concluding proposed scheme incorporated the following:

  • As the main focus of the site, the stone barn will be converted to the main venue for weddings.
  • A purpose-built reception barn with space for guests to be fed and entertained, kitchen facilities, toilets, storage and ancillary office space will provide all the necessary functionality to host and cater for a large wedding reception.
  • To further improve the wedding experience and offer greater flexibility, accommodation is also proposed, allowing a small number of guests to stay on site. This takes the form of a block of new build sensitively designed letting units.
  • Refurbishment and change of use of the existing cottage will also provide for additional accommodation.
  • Landscaping and parking are to be provided.
  • Incorporation of sustainable technology such as EV charging points and solar panels where possible.

Site details and constraints

  • A Grade II* listed building
  • Located within the Grade I listed house, park and garden
  • Edge of Conservation Area
  • Within the AONB
  • Public Rights of Way located to the north of the site
  • In a remote location
  • Outside the settlement boundary
  • Affects setting of Grade II* listed building
  • Hydrology
  • Ecology

Our role

  • Site appraisal, highlighting opportunities and constraints.
  • Formulating a planning strategy.
  • Leading a multi-disciplinary team, which was largely landscape and heritage led.
  • Leading a pre-application enquiry.
  • Negotiating with the LPA.
  • Carrying out discussions with Heritage England.
  • Preparation and submission of planning and listed building consent application.

Outcomes

Planning permission and listed building consent was granted for the conversion of the barn to a wedding venue, where it was demonstrated that the benefits of the providing a new, viable use for the Grade II* listed barn outweighed any conflict with the new built form proposed and harm identified to the setting of the Grade II* listed barn.

 

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