Listed former farmhouse setting harmed by new development

The construction of two dwellings within the curtilage of a grade II* 'montgomeryshire' style timber framed house in mid Wales, was rejected because of their adverse impact on its setting.

Originally designed as a farmhouse for a gentry landowner the earliest part dating back to the early 17th century, an inspector held that its significance lay in its rural location and its setting reflected its original purpose. Its age, style and quality of construction added to its significance and the two dwellings which would sited within part of its garden and would not be seen as subservient. She accepted that the dwellings would not be unattractive and reflected the local vernacular, but they would be of generous size and would undermine the role and function of the main house which added a ‘dash’ of historical interest and architectural distinction to the surrounding area.

Inspector: Sian Worden; Hearing

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