Enabling development justifies significant change to listed building and its setting

A mixed-use scheme involving the refurbishment and extension of a vacant, grade II listed public house, provision of letting rooms and two commercial units with staff accommodation over was allowed in Cornwall, the enabling development allowing for the sustainable use of the building not in conflict with its status as an asset of community value.

The proposal affected a typical C17 Cornish wayside inn with characteristics of significance including the use of local vernacular materials, simple architecture and surviving structural carpentry. However, the inspector noted the building had been much altered and extended and in some parts, particularly degraded.

The scheme involved extensive internal alterations which the inspector considered, on balance, would have a neutral effect overall. He found the proposed additions contemporary but subservient and, as they would use sympathetic materials, would preserve the special interest of the building. Finally, he found the proposed separate retail and residential units in the grounds of the pub to comprise enabling development which would secure the repair and remodelling of the building. Whilst he felt the units would not look acceptable on their own, when seen in the context of a nearby modern petrol station, they would preserve the setting of the listed building and therefore the group of which it formed part, including a grade I listed church and a grade II* chantry. He concluded no material harm to the fabric of the building or its setting or that of others in the group.

Inspector: David L Morgan; Written representations

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