New educational facilities extend listed building in the Greenbelt

Tait Architects have secured planning permission for an extension to a historic country house in Essex

After a lengthy consultation process, Tait Architects have secured planning permission for a major contemporary extension and refurbishment to a Grade 1 listed manor house originally built in 1729.

The Bower House is in the Havering-atte-Bower conservation area and was previously used as a training facility by Ford. It is currently owned by Amana Trust, a Christian Charity.

The 1,270 square metre extension contains a flexible teaching space sub-dividable into four classrooms, a dining area for 200 people and associated commercial kitchens. There is also a roof terrace area with a real lawn, with views out over the existing landscaped gardens and lakes. The proposals also included a listed building consent for the refurbishment of 585 square metres of existing buildings.

The planning process involved two pre-applications; the feed back was ambiguous and unsatisfactory to the Trusts requirements. Tait architects worked closely with a local planning consultant and were able to utilise Brownfield rather than Greenbelt policy to obtain the final permission.

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