McLoughlin Planning were instructed by the National Trust, working with Sport England, to prepare and submit a Planning Application for a multi-use trail across the Wimpole Estate.
This was a complex application because of the needs of the many invested parties involved. There was the requirement to ensure it would successfully fulfil it's intention to provide greater access to the Wimpole Estate for disabled people, whilst being sympathetic to the landscape and visual impact of the trail and the potential for conflicts between users of the trail and horse riders using existing bridleways.
The Wimpole Estate, near Cambridge, attracts 320,000 visitors per year and is renowned for its scenic beauty. The National Trust is working on a programme to update the Estate to enable it to flourish with the increased visitor demands. McLoughlin Planning were delighted to play their part in this programme.
Ian Coley shooting school approached McLoughlin Planning for help securing planning permission for the modernisation of the club house and to extending their shooting ground. The successful shooting school based in Andoversford, Gloucestershire and run by Ian Coley MBE, former Olympic shooting team coach, wanted to expand the shooting area.
Ian Coley Shooting attracts visitors from around the country and has been rated as one of the best shooting grounds in the UK. Reflecting its position, there was a need to upgrade and expand the existing club house to provide an enhanced visitor experience and bigger gun shop. In successfully securing planning permission, we were able to draw on the support for rural enterprise set out in the NPPF, as well as policies in the Cotswold Local Plan.
As part of the wider proposals, McLoughlin Planning has also successfully secured planning permission for the extension of the shooting ground, working with Lepus Consulting on the various complex ecological issues associated the management of protected woodland and clay pigeon shooting.
McLoughlin Planning was instructed by the Bathurst Estate to secure planning and listed building consent for the conversion of a complex of Barns at Tarlton Farm to residential use, as part of a wider Estate strategy to rationalise its property portfolio and deliver best value from the careful disposal of selected assets.
We worked closely with Yiangou Architects to obtain a detailed understanding of the constraints the barn complex presented and what the opportunities were for making the best positive re-use of the buildings. Owing to its listed status, some imaginative design solutions were proposed, involving glazed extensions to allow narrow parts of the building to become living spaces. In addition, we negotiated with Officers to make the case for the removal of unsympathetic modern agricultural buildings in return for more flexible thinking towards the extent of domestic curtilage.
Planning and Listed Building consent were secured under delegated authority in 2017.
We take pride in our knowledge of the rural market and an ability to immerse ourselves in the projects of our clients. Our history of working with the rural community and farmers means we can play the important role of a trusted personal advisor.
Nowhere was this more the case than at Upcote Farm, where our client wanted to retain the family property by diversifying from sheep farming into a wedding venue on a 250-acre site.
We navigated a challenging brief which included historic farm buildings that were inappropriate for conversion. We also developed a compelling case, arguing for conversion of a modern structure into the main venue, veering away from the accepted wisdom at that time and using innovative responses to the planning challenge.
The result was a stunning conversion of multiple agricultural buildings which benefit not just the family, but the wider local economy by creating jobs in the service sector.