Rural Solutions Wins Over National Park

Rural Solutions, the Yorkshire based diversification specialists have helped to secure an exciting contemporary extension of a Grade II* listed church within the North York Moors National Park.

The company was approached by LEDA Architects following the refusal of their planning and listed building consent applications for the extension of the stone church near Helmsley using a contemporary zinc clad extension to facilitate the change of use of the church to a holiday let.

Rural Solutions provided a detailed appraisal outlining how the contemporary design was in accordance with relevant national and local planning and conservation policies. This appraisal formed the predominant part of the case at the appeal hearing into the refused applications. On August 18th the Inspector returned his decision upholding the appeal, recognising that the proposed development constituted the type of ‘intelligently managed change’ that is necessary to maintain heritage assets for the long term.

Duncan Hartley, Rural Solutions’ Director of Planning, commented that: “The successful appeal outcome is extremely pleasing and not only reflects our strong knowledge of planning and conservation policy relating to listed buildings and the historic environment, but also the value that we can add to projects through working with architects and owners of historic buildings.”

Jonathan Lindh of LEDA commented that: “The client and LEDA were very determined that we should pursue the option of an appeal against the NYNPA refusal. We believed that our proposal was the best solution for the existing church building. However we did not under-estimate the task before us and we were very impressed and delighted by the expert advice and service we received from RSL. A great result for all.”

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