DHA Planning have secured planning and listed building consent for the conversion of a redundant oast and listed barn at Moat Farm, Collier Street. The approved scheme converts the three storey oast house into four units, utilising space within the eaves of both the stowage barn and the square kilns. The Grade II listed barn is to be converted into a single dwelling.
Two existing more modern agricultural buildings are to be demolished to provide private garden areas for the dwellings, reducing the amount of built form and hardstanding at the site to the benefit of the surrounding landscape, drainage and the setting of the listed barn.
DHA Urban Design prepared detailed plans for the conversion schemes, which were also accompanied by a Heritage Statement assessing the impact of the proposals on the designated and non-designated heritage assets, charting the history of the site and giving full consideration to the architectural detail and value of the buildings, including the intricate timber frame of the barn.
The applications followed extensive pre-application dialogue with the Borough Planning and Conservation Officers, ensuring the scheme as submitted addressed all issues identified including heritage impact, drainage and ecology. Falling within an area designated as at risk from flooding, a Flood Risk Assessment was prepared to demonstrate that the dwellings would not themselves be at risk from flooding, with an existing on-site pond used as part of a sustainable drainage solution for the site.
Ecology surveys revealed potential for bats to be using the buildings and accordingly the design incorporated appropriate mitigation in the form of a ‘bat loft’, with other ecological enhancements proposed in the form of new native planting.