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Housing secured in the Green Belt

Many farm owners look to maximise the value of their property portfolio, a project recently completed by the Hobbs Parker Property Consultants team shows what can be achieved.

Written by Jonathan Lee

A Grade II-listed oast house and associated farm buildings will be transformed into six homes after Sevenoaks District Council gave the green light for the development at Foxbury Farm, Stone Street, near Seal.

Permission has been given to convert the three storey oast house, previously a fruit store, into three generously proportioned apartments, a barn will become a three-bedroom home, and the farm house and farm cottage will be adapted and refurbished into two three-bedroom homes.

Hobbs Parker Property Consultants worked closely with Canterbury-based Clague Architects and various officers to secure the permission for housing in the Green Belt.

The six new homes are in addition to 15 secured on the adjacent site last year by Hobbs Parker, of which six are to meet local affordable housing need.

Being sensitive to the heritage of the building’s site and its location, the application helps address the issue of providing the right mix of homes for our rural communities.

Having successfully made the case for the development in the Green Belt, this application required us to address the listed oast house.

Thanks to Clague’s design, which found a solution to the issue of natural light, the Conservation Officer and others were happy to support our application.

The design for redevelopment of the oast house and farm buildings complements the proposed housing which when complete will present a traditional frontage to Stone Street reminiscent of workers cottages or almshouses.

The application had the support of Seal Parish Council and Kent County Council as the highways authority.

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