Heritage preservation solution identified for Devil’s Highway development

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Heritage preservation solution identified for Devil’s Highway development

A cottage situated within an area of archaeological potential has been given the green light for redevelopment thanks to ET Planning’s work to identify a solution to protect heritage assets on the site.

An initial application for a replacement property along the Devil’s Highway was refused under heritage concerns. The existing dwelling has an old timber frame, dating back to the 18th century and required preservation, despite not being a Listed Building. A new application submitted by ET Planning resolved that through proposing careful demolition of the existing dwelling so that the ancient timber frame could be retained for use as a new outbuilding. The timber frame would have been originally designed to support lightweight materials, rather than brick, and so, under the new outbuilding design, the frame will support timber cladding and be exposed internally. ET Planning also suggested that the Council issue a condition for the outbuilding to prevent future demolition.

ET Planning negotiated with council conservation officers between applications to achieve this positive outcome which will protect and preserve a heritage asset, but also allow the construction of a new property fit for modern family lifestyle.

The new detached four-bedroom replacement dwelling, designed by R G Butler & Associates , will offer a number of internal social spaces including a lounge, playroom, basement games room and gym, study and large open-plan kitchen/dining room.

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