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Listed Building Consent Application approved for a schedule iof internal and external works to this Grade II* Listed Building in Garvestone, Norfolk. En-Plan: Heritage Planning Consultants for Norfolk.


Listed Building Consent approved for a schedule of internal and external repiars and alterations.

Whinburgh Old Hall is located on the periphery of the village of Garvestone in Norfok.  It is locvated in the district of Breckland and as such En-Plan applied to Breckland District Council for Listed Building Consent for a schedule of works aimed at improving the internal and externakl elements fo the buillding and allowing for proper drainage of the historic grounds.


The works schedule included repairs to the roof and widnows, as well as the exterior render.  A new drainage strategy was devised for the grounds in order to overcome the issues with surface water, which will in turn harm the main building if not properly addressed.  Works to the interior looked to address the internal finish including plaster, and looked to replace existing bathroom suites with a more modern design as well as re-instating the main fireplace for the main hall.

Whinburgh Old Hall is a 16th Century Grade II* Listed dwelling in Whinburgh, which falls outside of any
defined settlement boundary. To the north, east and south-east of the site lies adjoining neighbours and the
B1135 lies to the south of the site.

The building is best decribed by its Listing by Histoirc England which states the following:

Former farmhouse. Circa 1600 and later. Brick ground floor (re-faced with brick in C19) with timber framed upper floor. Through-passage plan. 2 storeys with attic. Off-centre C17 gabled porch with a pedimented arched entrance and blocked window above. Very fine fielded board door with studs and loop handle. 4-centred arched frame with carved spandrels. 3 ground floor windows, the central one formerly of 5 lights with roll- moulded and hollow chamfered mullions and transom. (2 mullions have been removed in order to insert casements). Similar north window of 2 lights without a transom. South window, a 3-light, ovolo-moulded, Victorian imitation. 3 imitative late C20 3-light casement windows to first floor. Roll-moulded bressumer. Some original brickwork visible on south gable- end. Stepped gables with late C20 cast cement crow steps. Rear door with cover strips and studs and moulded frame. Off-centre axial stack with 4 octagonal shafts. Later north gable-end stack with a single C19 octagonal shaft. Later additions to side and rear. Interior. Hall with deep mouldings to bridging joist, common joists and cornice. Original fireplace to first floor with a 4-centred arch and incised stucco decoration. Reduced to take a fine late C18 duck's nest grate. Several original doorways with 4-centred arches - their spandrels emphasised by inverted fielding. 2 principal first floor rooms were originally open to an exceptional crown post roof of 7 bays, the short crown posts rising from cambered collars. Solid arch braces to collar purlin only and a set of butt-purlins. Solar originally to northern end only. Moated site.

The Assessment

Impact on the character and setting of the Listed Building- Any decisions relating to listed buildings and their settings and conservation areas must address the statutory considerations of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 (see in particular sections 16 and 66 ) as well as satisfying the relevant policies within the National Planning Policy Framework and the development plan. National policy states that when considering the impact of a proposed development on the significance of a designated heritage asset, great weight should be given to the asset's conservation. Adopted Local Plan Policy ENV07 seeks to ensure that new development preserves and enhances the character, appearance and setting of conservation areas and listed buildings. Historic England have been consulted on the proposal due to the buildings designation as a Grade II* Listed Building. They have commented that they are satisfied to allow the proposal to be assessed by the local specialist Historic Buildings Officer following their discussions with him. The Historic Buildings Officer has considered the proposal and raised no objections in terms of the impact on the character and setting of the Listed Building. It is overall considered that the proposal serves to enhance the character and setting of the Listed Building by improving the appearance of the building and returning it to a good condition. The proposal is therefore considered to satisfy the requirements of Policy ENV07 of the Breckland Local Plan and Section 66 of the Planning (Listed Building and Conservation Area) Act 1990.

En-Plan have worked in conjunction with the Historic Buildings Advisor and the Planning Officer dealing with the application at Breckland Council to ensure the schedule of works proposed protects and enhances the character and setting of this important heritage asset, and will protect it for future generations.

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