National planning consultancy Boyer has secured planning permission to transform a disused and dilapidated stable block into an attractive scheme at Pitchcott Hill Farm in Buckinghamshire which open up the location to local people, including a café/farm shop, holiday lets and ‘glamping’ facilities.
The Victorian stables lie seven miles north west of Aylesbury. After many years of disuse, the historic Victorian stable block will be converted to create small-scale flexible commercial floorspace which will include small-scale studio co-work spaces, a multimedia workshop, a café/farm shop, three self-catered apartments a shepherd’s hut and a yurt.
Buckinghamshire Council had previously identified the existing stable block as a ‘non-designated heritage asset’, and so owner worked closely with architects and a planning consultant to create a suitable design which addressed the site’s heritage value.
Tony Langford, owner of Pitchcott Hill Farm said: ‘This planning permission will enable the expansion and diversification of Pitchcott Hill Farm, creating new accommodation and workspaces in this beautiful part of Buckinghamshire. The renovation of these buildings will create a community of people staying or working at the farm, benefiting from an environment where their health and wellbeing is prioritised, with mindfulness and other activities that encourage connection to nature.
Christopher Roberts, Associate Director in Boyer’s Wokingham office said: “The flexible working spaces will help generate new employment and opportunities for small businesses in rural Buckinghamshire, whilst the visitor accommodation and café / farm shop will boost local tourism.”