IHBC’s Rural Panel welcomes new Historic England advice on traditional farm buildings

HE farm buildings 031117The IHBC has welcomed the publication of a suite of advice and guidance from Historic England on the re-use, maintenance and repair of traditional farm buildings on England.

Carole Ryan, IHBC Rural Panel Secretary said: ‘Recently, on behalf of the panel, I attended the launch of new Historic England guidance suite of publications on the adaptive re-use, and maintenance and repair of traditional farm buildings.’

‘The Rural Panel on behalf of IHBC, supports and welcomes this new documentation and commends it to all practitioners working in this field.

‘Additionally, the launch itself was especially useful as it was possible to raise a number of current, thorny issues with ministers, such as the effect of building control and the stringent requirements of energy conservation on adaptive re-use.’

Historic England writes:

The following publications have recently been updated and revised:

  • The Adaptive Reuse of Traditional Farm Buildings: Best practice guidelines for adaptive reuse: This guidance aimed at owners, building professionals and local planning authorities was first published in 2006 as the Conversion of Traditional Farm Buildings. It recognises the majority of traditional farm buildings have now become partly or wholly redundant for modern agricultural purposes, unsupported by income to fund their maintenance and repair, but still have the potential to be of economic value. The guidance explains how significance can be retained and enhanced through well informed and designed adaptation to new uses.
  • The Maintenance and Repair of Traditional Farm Buildings: A guide to good practice: This guidance provides practical advice to farmers, land managers and others involved with the maintenance and repair of traditional farm buildings. It explains how work of this kind can be considered in a wider context of sustainable management to ensure these buildings have an economic value and a future. The guidance is primarily directed at buildings in active farming or related uses, but recognises with changing agricultural practices and economic pressures many traditional farm buildings have lost their original purpose and become vulnerable to neglect and decay. Many may therefore need urgent works to prevent further deterioration of their structure and fabric.
  • Historic England Advice Note 9: The Adaptive Reuse of Traditional Farm Buildings: This new addition to the series of advice notes provides a synopsis of the key issues involved in adapting traditional farm buildings to new uses. It places the need to understand the significance of any farmstead or building, its relationship to the wider landscape setting and its sensitivity and capacity for change, within the context of the National Planning Policy Framework.

The next edition of Heritage Online Debate will also be focusing on the issue of farm buildings and will be out in mid-November and will be on the HE website.

See the publications

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