Bell Cornwell, alongside Cross Harris Architects and Frank Butler Farms Ltd, has successfully secured planning permission for the partial demolition and conversion of an agricultural building measuring 2,850 square meters to provide for a day health spa facility. The agricultural building had previously been used as part of a dairy complex, which went out of use as a dairy over 10 years ago.
The site area covers approximately 0.5ha. It is situated to the south-west of Greywell village in the open countryside. The site comprises of two agricultural buildings, one to the northeast side of the site and one to the south-west. The second agricultural building to the south-west will be retained and will continue to be used for agricultural purposes. A particularly challenging aspect of the scheme, once the principle change of use was established, was the traffic generation and adjacent Byway Open to all Traffic (BOAT) that runs parallel to the main site along the vehicular access. This is because users of the Spa and users of the BOAT share the principal access. With the assistance of RGP – Transport Planning Consultants and early engagement with the Local Authority and the County Council, a solution was developed and agreed between all parties. The solution involved revised junction arrangements, additional survey work and a financial contribution towards improvements to the BOAT.
The proposal provides the opportunity for a new lease of life for this barn supporting economic growth in the area and greater stability for the agricultural unit as a whole. The provision of this facility will attract visitors and will have a positive knock-on effect in terms of visitors using nearby village shops, pubs and other facilities nearby. The proposal converts an existing building, which in its current form adds little value to the natural, built or surrounding historic environment. The proposal will have a positive impact on the character of the immediate area and provide enhancements to the natural landscape and setting of the barn.
For more information on this project please contact Associate, Mike Cole.