High Weald

Farmstead building development

A joint research project by the High Weald AONB Unit and English Heritage suggests that adaptation and reuse of some historic farmsteads can be achieved without damaging their special qualities or the contribution they make to the character of the High Weald, one of England's finest landscapes.

Future change is possible but solutions will need to recognise and grow out of the inherited patterns of this remarkable landscape.

Preparing a masterplan for change: Good Practice Guide sets out how, through access to information on farmstead character and history, a site assessment and masterplan can be produced demonstrating an understanding of the farmstead site in its landscape context. This provides a template for future change, identifying constraints and opportunities including the need for more detailed recording and evaluation.

Principles for guiding change

Understanding these principles prior to considering any development proposal will help assess options and identify design parameters. Read more

Policy context

Change in historic farmsteads takes place within the context of Government Planning and Sustainable Communities Policies and local authority local development frameworks. High rates of conversion of historic farm buildings... Read more

Stage 1 Understanding the site

The aim of site assessment is to ensure that an understanding of the inherited character of the farmstead informs approaches to future change that maintain and enhance the contribution that... Read more

Stage 2 Assessing significance

The aim is to demonstrate an understanding of: the degree to which the farmstead contributes to the character and local distinctiveness of the area; rare or vulnerable fabric including thatch, early timber... Read more

Stage 3 Determining options

A masterplan can provide the context within which the detailed design of individual buildings and spaces can be considered. It can help inform a design brief for the site and... Read more