Weardale Farmhouse Refurbishment & Extension Approved

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Planning Approval

Clive Elsdon Building Design are pleased to confirm that they recently obtained a Planning Approval for the refurbishment and extension of Ladley Farmhouse, part of Newlands Hall Farm near Wolsingham in Weardale.

Rear View of Ladley Farm House

Rear view of Ladley Farm house showing the existing original Earth Closet, Coal Hole & Kitchen

The proposals are to extend the existing farmhouse to the rear to provide additional accommodation including a kitchen, utility room, toilet and boot room at ground floor level with a bathroom and additional bedroom (making 3 bedrooms in total) at first floor level.  The new toilet & bathroom facilities will be the first time the house has had an indoor toilet and fixed bath facility.  Previously only an Earth Closet and a Tin Bath in front of the fire were available.

The new extension will, broadly speaking, be in the area of an existing lean-to kitchen area that whilst looking like an extension was in fact original to the dwelling,  The area of the existing original earth closet and coal hole will remain.  It is intended to use that as a plant area for an environmentally friendly heating system which will work in conjunction with a ground source heat pump.

Within the North Pennines AONB

Whilst more modern in style and construction than many of the local farm houses, the currently unoccupied but maintained and secured Farmhouse is within the boundary of the North Pennines AONB on the North side of Weardale in County Durham. The original proposals for the development were amended following a site visit and consultation with Durham County Council Planning Department and their Conservation Officer. The amendment reduced the width of the first floor extension while leaving the ground floor almost as it was.  Elevationally, the extra area on the ground floor compared to the first floor was treated to look like a later lean-to extension.  Rear window details were also simplified, while front elevation windows remained as originally proposed and similar in detail to the houses original windows, which while dilapidated, were still present.

Bats & Birds

Also included within the proposals were many Mitigation Measures in connection with Bats and Birds that have nested near or in some cases in the building. Ahead of the application our client had already installed extra nesting boxes etc. near to the house.

Bat Roosts will be included within the walls of the new extension and in the area of the existing roof ridge with a Nesting Box for Owls being located in near by farm buildings.  All the mitigation measures comply with a specialist ecological risk assessment, survey and report carried out by a reputable company.

The Next Generation

Once refurbished and extended, with a new electricity supply (for the first time!) and an upgrade to the existing track leading to it, Ladley Farmhouse will become the home for the next generation of the family farming the Newlands Hall & Ladley farms.

Building Regulations

Clive Elsdon Building Design will now be progressing the Building Regulation Application for Ladley Farmhouse, making sure that the details are robust and suitable for it’s elevated and exposed position on the side of Weardale.

We are certainly looking forward to the day when it’s new occupants can finally move in!

Planning Documents

You can view the planning documents, including the Clive Elsdon Building Design Drawings, The Ecologist Reports and the Approval Notice by following this link to the Durham County Council Planning Application site: 3/2014/0003 LADLEY FARMHOUSE – REFURBISHMENT OF DWELLING AND TWO STOREY EXTENSION TO REAR

Are you considering a Similar Project?

We would be happy to look at any similar projects or indeed any potential building project at all with a view to providing a fee quote for a Planning Application and / or  Building Regulation Approval. Within DL & DH postcodes (and some other areas) we are happy to attend a feasibility meeting on site FREE of charge.)  We always provide a written fee quote!

Please contact us either using our contact form or by email to design at cliveelsdon dot co dot uk (replacing the words at and dot with the appropriate symbols, or by telephoning us on 01388 526641.

 

Change of Use Planning Application Approved for former “Royal Teas”!

Parish Room Royal Teas

Former Parish Room and “Royal Teas” Tea Room

Another happy Clive Elsdon Building Design Client!

Clive Elsdon Building Design have obtained Planning Approval on behalf of our client, the PPC of St. Thomas the Apostle, Stanhope for a change of use on the former Parish Room and one time “Royal Teas” tea room in StanhopeWeardale back to a Parish Room!

For those of you who have not read our blog post about applying for the Change of Use here is a brief recap:

Parish Room

Built originally as a Parish Room, in the late 1800′s this substantial stone built building with many attractive features is situated on Lime Tree Walk (The A689). It was built on the Foundations of an earlier 16th Century structure at the same time that the adjacent Rectory, now the Church Hall and a Grade II Listed Building, was erected.

Stanhope Library & Retail Use.

In the early 1960’s, when the original function of the Parish Room became redundant as a Church Hall, the Rectory now having been converted to fulfil this requirement, the building was let to the Local Authority and used as a Library. This use continued up to about 1994. Following use as a Library, the building was used for a period of four to five years as storage for an adjacent Hardware business. Following this, it was used as a Hairdresser’s shop for a similar period of time.  It then was used for Rug / Carpet Sales, and Outdoor Clothing Sales.

Royal Teas

More recently, the building became the temporary home of “Royal Teas“, a Royal theme tea room opened specially to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and furnished with Royal Memorabilia from the collection of Weardale Gazette editor, Anita Atkinson.  It was in this roll that it hit the National News and Breakfast TV Shows when a group were asked to leave after refusing to stand for the National Anthem!  To see a little of what it was like to visit the former Parish Room while it was ”Royal Teas“, visit the BBC’s website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-18433502

Back to the Beginning!

The successful change of use application has reverted the building almost to it’s original use as an ancillary facility to help expand the use and availability of the existing adjacent Church Hall.

 

Change of Use for Parish Room and one time Royal Teas Tea Room in Stanhope, Weardale

Parish Room Royal Teas

Former Parish Room and “Royal Teas” Tea Room

Clive Elsdon Building Design have submitted a Planning Application on behalf of our client, the PPC of St. Thomas the Apostle, Stanhope for a change of use on the former Parish Room and one time “Royal Teas” tea room in Stanhope, Weardale.

Parish Room

Built originally as a Parish Room, in the late 1800′s this substantial stone built building with many attractive features is situated on Lime Tree Walk (The A689). It was erected on the Foundations of an earlier 16th Century structure at the same time that the adjacent Rectory, now the Church Hall and a Grade II Listed Building, was erected.

Stanhope Library & Retail Use.

In the early 1960’s, when the original function of the Parish Room became redundant as a Church Hall, the Rectory now having been converted to fulfil this requirement, the building was let to the Local Authority and used as a Library. This use continued up to about 1994. Following use as a Library, the building was used for a period of four to five years as storage for an adjacent Hardware business. Following this, it was used as a Hairdresser’s shop for a similar period of time.  It then was used for Rug / Carpet Sales, and Outdoor Clothing Sales.

Royal Teas

More recently, the building became the temporary home of “Royal Teas“, a Royal theme tea room opened specially to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and furnished with Royal Memorabilia from the collection of Weardale Gazette editor, Anita Atkinson.  It was in this roll that it hit the National News and Breakfast TV Shows when a group were asked to leave after refusing to stand for the National Anthem!

Back to the Beginning!

The change of use application, if successful, will revert the building almost to it’s original use.  The proposal is to use it as an ancillary facility to help expand the use and availability of the existing Church Hall.

Royal Teas on TV:

To see a little of what it was like to visit the former Parish Room while it was ”Royal Teas“, visit the BBC’s website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-18433502

Another Successful Planning Application by Clive Elsdon Building Design

 

Planning Granted to Extend this Wolsingham House

Planning Permission Granted to extend this Wolsingham House.

Planning Application Approval for Domestic Extension:

We are pleased to announce that we have obtained yet another Planning Approval for one of our valued Domestic Clients.

 Two Storey Rear Extension in Wolsingham, Weardale, County Durham.

The approval will allow the demolition of an existing conservatory to the rear of the house in Wolsingham, the market town that almost marks the entrance to Weardale, in County Durham.  The removal of the conservatory makes way for a large two storey rear extension, expanding the ground floor living area, increasing the size of an existing first floor bedroom and providing an additional bedroom to a house on the Crofts.

 Side Extension.

The approved proposals include a two storey extension to the side of the property which allows improved circulation and the re-location of the first floor bathroom.  It also allows an existing en-suite washroom to the master bedroom to become a shower room.

Are you thinking that you’d rather Improve than Move?

Extensions and alterations have become the most viable way, in many situations, to improve your current home to meet your current requirements, rather than to go through the stress of selling your existing house and finding a new one and financing it’s purchase.  An extension or a loft conversion can answer a lot of your demands.  Clive Elsdon Building Design offer a FREE initial consultation to review possible options within any DL or DH Post Code Area.  We are happy to come along, listen to your requirements and discuss possible solutions with you.  After that, we prepare a WRITTEN fee quote which should leave you in no doubt about the costs of our services for the items covered.  Contact us by phone on 05602 722052 or 07801 255633, by e-mail to design at cliveelsdon dot co dot uk  (Please replace the words at and dot with the appropriate symbols.) or by visiting our website at http://www.cliveelsdon.co.uk