Changes planned to Ellingham scheme

Plans have been submitted to reduce the number of homes as part of a proposed conversion of a farm steading.

Wednesday, 22nd August 2018, 13:47 pm
Updated Wednesday, 22nd August 2018, 13:49 pm
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In an unusual step, a bid has been lodged to substitute the existing planning permission for nine homes at Brockdam Farm, on the Ellingham Estate, with approval for just three.

A planning statement, submitted by George F White on behalf of the Trustees of Lady B Gadsden, explains: ‘The majority of the traditional farm buildings are unsuited to modern agricultural practices; as such, planning consent was sought in 2004 to convert the buildings to nine small residential units looking towards the tourism market.

‘However, the Estate has been unable to secure any viable developer interest in the site and in the intervening period, the buildings have started to deteriorate. In places, small sections of the roof have been removed in the interests of safety.’

A pre-application inquiry resulted in the county council saying that the proposals were ‘unlikely to be looked upon favourably’.

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The application seeks to extend the consented one-bedroom studio unit to form a three-bedroom, single-storey dwelling. The pair of consented two-bedroom homes would be replaced by one four-bedroom, one-and-a-half-storey house and the hay barn would become a four-bedroom, single-storey property.