Craft workshops and receptions could be held in redundant barns

Plans to change the use of two farm buildings at Herons Ghyll to craft workshops and seminar use and allow a third to be used for receptions and exhibitions are before Wealden Council.

A previous similar application was refused but the owners of the farm Peter and Nicola Young, who have already refurbished the listed Hendall Manor and adjacent barn, have changed their proposals to take account of the reasons for refusal.

Additional landscaping is included in the latest application and a travel plan has been drawn up to show access improvements and arrangements to limit the number of events that can be held at the site during any one year.

Targets are also set with incentives to encourage a shift away from the use of private cars towards public transport, courtesy coaches and taxis, car sharing and a dedicated mini-bus service.

The buildings enclose a traditional farm yard and previously served Hendall Manor Farm but are now redundant.

Documents submitted with the planning application say the buildings could be used for private parties (wedding/anniversary occasions), art, drama and music exhibitions and performances and club meetings, demonstrations and seminars.

A design and access statement says: “The applicant/owners have previously demonstrated their commitment and empathy in their successful renovation of the manor house and ashlar barn. These qualities are maintained in their proposals for conversion of the remaining buildings and will be extended into the subsequent operation of the small scale business from the family home.”

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