Tetlow King Planning (TKP) have been successful in assisting KWL Architects of Newport and the Andrew Wilson Partnership in obtaining planning permission and listed building consent from Wiltshire Council for a C2 care development involving the conversion and regeneration of the listed Longbridge Deverill House in Wiltshire for Equality Care.
The proposal involved the demolition of a rear wing and associated outbuildings, the conversion of the listed care home into seven close care flats, three mews cottages and building a new care complex containing eight close care flats, 15 residential care beds, 30 dementia care beds and ancillary accommodation.
The proposal concerned the substantial Grade II Listed House at Longbridge Deverill in Wiltshire. This house, set in extensive landscaped grounds, has considerable architectural and historic merit. The main building was built in the 19th Century for the Thynne family of Longleat, however some parts of the building date back to the 15th and 16th Centuries.
The proposal sought the intensification of the existing care uses on the site, within the open countryside. The main planning issues concerned the impact of the proposals on the listed building and its setting; the impact on the AONB and the surrounding countryside; impact on amenity; highways, access and flood risk, representing a significant number of issues to be addressed.
The Council acknowledged that the proposal related to the expansion of a residential institution (Use Class C2), which is treated very differently to standard residential housing (Use Class C3). In light of this, TKP along with the development team managed to successfully negotiate that there would be no affordable housing contribution. The Council accepted the need for the facility and its positive impact on the economic and social well being of the wider area, considering that this outweighed the wider landscape impact.
Determination of the scheme was delayed pending an investigation by English Heritage as to whether the garden of the listed building should be included on the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. A decision was eventually made that it was of no more than local interest, excluding it from the register. Despite objections from the Victorian Society and the Garden History Society, the Council concluded that the need for the enlarged and enhanced care facilities at the site outweigh the impact of the proposals on the natural and historic environment.
The scheme was eventually approved under delegated powers on 31st August 2010.