DC Casebook: Listed buildings - Farm structure found lacking in merit

An inspector has allowed the demolition of a structure attached to a listed building in the Cotswolds, finding no harm to its special architectural and historic interest.

The appeal structure was on the edge of a group of farm buildings. It was attached to one end of a building described as an animal shelter, but it had been built at a different time and was quite different in appearance. The inspector noted that the appeal structure was not mentioned in the listed building description of the animal shelter and saw no evidence that they had any functional relationship.

She observed that where the roofs of the two buildings met they both had hipped ends, resulting in an awkward junction. In her view, this detracted from the profile of the listed building. She referred to the PPS5 practice guide's advice that the question of whether demolition of a deemed designated listed building amounts to substantial harm needs careful consideration but that such buildings might be of limited individual or group value.

She found that the structure had little inherent architectural significance and made no material contribution to the listed building's character. She judged that its removal would enhance the end elevation and setting of the listed building. Any historical interest could be conserved through a detailed recording of the building prior to demolition, she reasoned.

DCS Number 100-068-737

Inspector Jennifer Armstrong; Hearing.

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