Heritage project update – April 2021

Heritage building

Jon Millhouse, both a Chartered Town Planner and a Full Member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, with a specialist interest in Historic Building Conservation gives an update on a number of interesting heritage projects that Planning & Design Practice Ltd are currently engaged with.

We are delighted to have been appointed heritage planning consultants by Derbyshire County Council for their ambitious Elvaston Castle restoration project. The £35 million scheme aims to restore and find new uses for the Castle and many of the historic buildings on the 321-acre estate, as well as a new access drive and car park, to deliver a sustainable future for one of Britain’s oldest country parks. We look forward to contributing to this exciting project.

Last week we obtained planning and listed building consent for a sensitively designed extension at Derwent Valley vets, a grade two listed former public house just off the A6 South of Matlock. We are pleased to support the expansion of this popular local business.

It is great to see work nearing completion on Chase Farm, Ambergate. Chevin Homes are developing the former farmstead, which overlooks the River Derwent in the Derwent Valley Mills world heritage site, in accordance with the scheme originally devised and secured by Planning Design Practice. The scheme included both the conversion of historic Hurt estate buildings and the insertion of new contextually appropriate modern architecture. It is great to see the development taking shape and pleasing to note that the new homes have sold extremely well.

Highfield Farm, Holbrook, the grade two listed former Strutt estate farm where we obtained consent for conversion and restoration, is nearing completion. The owners have done a sterling job rescuing and restoring these lovely buildings and we are pleased to have helped them along the way.

New agricultural buildings are taking shape at Wakebridge Farm, Crich, the first step towards our consented scheme for the redevelopment, restoration and long-term economic future for the grade two listed farmstead and site of a mediaeval Manor house in the World Heritage site buffer zone.

We were delighted to hear that Derbyshire Dales District Council planning committee unanimously voted to approve the extension and redevelopment of Ashbourne Methodist Church earlier this month. We prepared a planning and heritage report to support the church committees planning and listed building applications and advised them through the application process. We wish the committee the best of luck with this extremely worthwhile project.

Finally, it is pleasing to see works commence on the redevelopment and restoration of grade two listed Callow Hall hotel, near Ashbourne, where we have provided planning consultancy support for numerous applications to help deliver a viable long-term future for this historic country house.

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Jon Millhouse, Director, Planning & Design Practice Ltd

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