HISTORIC FARMHOUSE PLAN FOR NEW HOUSES REJECTED
December 22, 2004
A PART of Bracknell’s heritage has been saved from being lost forever after a plan to bulldoze a historic farmhouse to make room for homes and flats was thrown out.
An application to build 14 houses and seven flats on land in Newell Green was slammed by councillors on the planning committee last Thursday after they said it would destroy an historic part of Bracknell, which could never be replaced.
They unanimously turned down the application by Millgate Homes because they feared it would destroy the heritage of the area and would be an inappropriate addition to the leafy village.
Despite the farmhouse failing to be listed councillors argued it was against planning policies which seek to enhance Bracknell’s historic landscape rather than bulldoze it.
Cllr Langdon Jones said: “The proposal will remove the only building that shows the true character of the area. Therefore it is very important that we retain it.
“We lose more and more of these buildings.
“They make an enormous contribution to the borough yet they are often destroyed because they just fall short of being listed.”
Opposing the planning officers recommendation for approval Cllr Cliff Thompson put forward that it should be refused because it was “unacceptable” and contrary to planning guidelines.
He added that Newell Green Farm was an important part of Bracknell and should not be demolished because it formed part of the local heritage.
“Newell Green Farm is an important historic building and we should not be allowing the demolition of it but we should be looking to retain it,” he said.
As well as not being well received by the planning committee the proposal caused concern among local residents and Warfield Parish Council.
More than 10 letters of objection were sent to the council citing the housing development was an “undesirable overdevelopment” of the area and that an important building with hundreds of years of history should not be lost.
Archaeologists also had concerns that the destruction of the farm would wipe out history dating back to medieval times.
Planning chairman Cllr David Worrall said they had heard no argument to support the plan and therefore put it to the vote to refuse it to which all members agreed.