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 a further Heritage Project update on a number of interesting heritage and conservation projects that Planning & Design Practice Ltd are currently engaged with.
It has been a busy few months for the heritage team at Planning & Design Practice. We have welcomed Ruth Gray to the team as a Heritage Assistant. Ruth has a Master’s degree in Public History and has enhanced our capacity to prepare heritage reports and appraisals. Her research skills and knowledge of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site have already proved to be a great asset.
The Elvaston castle master plan proposals are progressing extremely well. We are employed by Derbyshire County Council to provide strategic planning advice and compile the forthcoming planning and listed building applications. Our work includes preparing a supporting planning statement and environmental impact assessment which are nearing completion. Exciting proposals for the reuse and restoration of listed buildings at the estate have been drawn up by architects Simpson and Brown, promising a much enhanced visitor experience. A public exhibition was held onsite at the Castle on Friday 12 November as well as being available online as a virtual exhibition for the week of November 8. The applications are due to be submitted by the end of the year.
We were pleased to see two of our earlier schemes received recognition in the form of awards recently. Chase Farm, Ambergate, a small housing scheme in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site designed by our architects and developed by Chevin Homes, was recognised at the East Midlands Business Link “Brick Awards 2021”. In addition Callow Hall Ashbourne, where we provided planning support and help to secure consent for an extension and new accommodation in the grounds, was given the honour of best hotel of the year by the Sunday Times newspaper.
Other smaller but no less interesting schemes we have worked on recently include designing and obtaining consent for a small extension to an original Arkwright cottage in Cromford in the heart of the World Heritage site, listed building consent for the restoration of a 18th century gardeners bothy in the grounds of the former Glapwell Hall, and designing and obtaining planning consent for the conversion of a delightful old stone field barn to a new home at Hollington Staffordshire.
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Jon Millhouse, Director, Planning & Design Practice Ltd