Farm buildings saved for further investigation

A developer has been refused permission to demolish three run-down outbuildings within the curtilage of a listed farm in Gloucestershire after an inspector found insufficient evidence to show that this is necessary to allow a mixed-use development.

Outline permission had been granted on appeal for housing, a neighbourhood centre, employment land and a new school. A condition required a grade II listed farmhouse and barn to be incorporated into the neighbourhood centre. In proposing demolition of the outbuildings, the appellants relied on a report by English Heritage indicating that they were not of special historic interest.

But the report acknowledged that English Heritage had only had limited access to the site when making its assessment and that old farmsteads often include historic structures that are not individually listed. The inspector was concerned that the outbuildings' historic value had not been fully appreciated. The major costs of repairing them did not justify premature demolition, she decided.

Inspector: Jacqueline Wilkinson; Written representations

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