collection of farm buildings at Threapcroft are unlisted but lie
within the curtilage of the Grade II listed farmhouse.
The family who own the farm have lived and farmed there for three
generations. The daughter of the farmer and her family propose
to convert the group of farm buildings to form a single residence,
having outgrown their cottage on the end of the farmhouse range.
aim to find a new and sustainable use for the farm buildings which,
due to changes in farming practice over the last 100 years, have
become largely redundant. The conversion will comprise a five
bedroom house with extensive living accommodation, double garage,
a guest wing within the pig sty and a large open plan kitchen/dining/living
space within the cowhouse or mistal.
As with other
projects, the process began with an Historic Recording Report
which is an essential tool in identifying the sequential development
of the site and establishing the origins and form of the earliest
buildings, as well as its' status in the local and national context.
During the preliminary
stages of all our projects we undertake substantial consultation
with Local Authority Planning and Conservation Officers to ensure
the proposals are sensitive to the historic structure and context,
creative and contemporary, meet the needs of the client and satisfy
local and national planning policy and heritage guidance. In most
cases this is a fine balance and by far the most successful projects
are those where all parties are involved from the early stages
and where an open minded and creative approach is employed.
at Threapcroft have recently been submitted for informal comment
to the Planning and Conservation Officers who have been involved
in the consultation process and, once their comments have been
taken into account, will be submitted for Planning Permission.