This beautifully developed barn represents a planning coup that enabled its sensitive conversion. The isolated location in the Green Belt of this large 5 bedroom family home means that the planning policy is as restrictive as it gets, with proposals for new dwellings almost never getting approval. Because of this, a very careful planning argument had to be created by CODA Planning’s consultants and through extensive negotiations with Sheffield City Council permission was granted for a sensitive scheme fulfilling the client’s exacting requirements.
This was a great project to work on but one that came with a set of very specific challenges. Not only was there the site’s past, which everybody was determined had to be preserved, but there was also the fact that we had to create two family homes in what is actually quite a small space. We came up with a design that filled all Nik and Jon’s wishes, a brilliantly contemporary pair of properties that also pays tribute to the story of the site and, through the use of materials, to the bigger story of Sheffield’s industrial heritage.
The 80-metre dam, which once provided power for the corn mill, has also been cleaned and restored, providing a haven for kingfishers and other wildlife.