The Blue Bell Inn, Paddock Wood, is a Grade II listed building, circa 18th Century.

Key facts
  • Grade II listed building
  • Green Belt
  • Conversion of Inn and Oast House

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Planning permission and listed building consent was first granted on the basis of 15 rooms of hotel accommodation and an ancillary staff flat.

The main policy conflict of the development raised was with Green Belt, which would not normally allow the hotel accommodation on the site of the former café unless Very Special Circumstances are demonstrated.

The wider public benefit of enabling the listed inn to continue on a viable basis was considered to amount to Very Special Circumstances. In addition, the new accommodation is calculated to be the minimum necessary to make it viable, as required by English Heritage. 

Following a period of marketing, DHA submitted an alternative enabling scheme for conversion of the inn and oast to two dwellings with construction of 3 new homes in the grounds. This was granted planning and listed building consent. 

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