Weardale Farmhouse Refurbishment & Extension Approved


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?

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