A huge new farm store complex with a restaurant could be built on a historic estate near Burton.
Several redundant farm buildings associated with the Dunstall Estate could be razed to make way for the new development on a three-acre site at Home Farm, which is part of the 1,000-acre estate in Staffordshire.
The plan, if approved, would include a new detached building as part of the farm’s new store and restaurant, along with parking and access, drainage, landscaping, as well as public art and space. multifunctional open.
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The proposal would also include the conversion of the existing listed barns to create a mixed retail and cafe / restaurant, teaching room and washroom, change of use of an existing house to create staff accommodation and change of use of an enclosed garden to provide outdoor games and recreation space.
Part of the walled garden will be demolished to allow pedestrian access via steps and ramps, if the plan is approved.
The Dunstall Estate has applied to East Staffordshire Borough Council for permission to make the changes.
If approved, it could see the creation of 23 full-time jobs and 40 part-time jobs. The car park would have 95 car spaces, five disabled spaces and 28 bicycle spaces.
The Dunstall Estate dates back to 1152 when Lord Derby owned it. The village of Dunstall today is largely the result of the famous Arkwright family who built Dunstall Hall, Old Hall and most of Dunstall’s houses from 1820 to 1850.
The estate was sold by the Arkwrights to the Hardy family who owned the estate from the 1850s to the 1950s. It was sold to Sir Robert Douglas who owned the estate until 1997 when he sold it. to the current owners, the Clarke family.
Dunstall Hall underwent extensive renovations between 1997 and 2004. Following the death of Sir Stanley Clarke in 2004, Dunstall Hall was sold and was, for a time, used as a wedding hall. The rest of the estate has been kept by the Clarke family.
Over the years, the Clarke family have renovated several buildings and homes across the estate.
Residential rentals constitute an important part of the estate’s income, but the agricultural business remains the most important part of the business, according to a heritage report submitted at the same time as the town planning request.
He says: “It has been well documented over the years, and even more since the decision to leave the European Union, that the agricultural sector faces increased challenges. These pressures are not less at Dunstall Estate where the farming business, as well as the residential sector allows, need to generate enough profit to fund both the ongoing business and the capital investments needed to inject into maintenance. continuous landscape and aging historic buildings throughout the grounds, including at Home Farm.
“Agricultural diversification has never been more important to the sector and is increasingly an essential part of a farming business.”
The request indicates that although the farm remains for agricultural use, it appears to be limited to the operation of modern farm buildings. The farm is in residential occupation, however the 19th century outbuildings are largely redundant and have fallen into disrepair. “
The heritage statement went on to say: “The proposed development demonstrates a sensitive and positive response to the heritage considerations of the site and offers a program that would bring many heritage benefits to both the assets of the site as well as those of the greater estate. off Dunstall.
“These mainly relate to the possibility of ensuring a sustainable use of the listed buildings, the demolition of the existing modern barns which impede the ability to appreciate the importance of the listed buildings and the conservation of the agricultural and aesthetic character of the site through the enlightened design of the new building and public spaces.
“Overall, the project is considered to enhance the significance of a number of heritage assets – in particular Home Farm and the Walled Garden – and provide an exceptional design which together will have a positive impact on the understanding of the past of the Dunstall Estate, its present role and future legacy.
A decision should be taken by the council in the coming months.
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