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Old Farmhouse, High Meadow Farm, Coleford

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Grade II*

Risk Category 1

Conservation Area? No, but in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

In 1989 Old Farmhouse was upgraded from II to II* as a result of concerns about the importance of the building in the light of a proposal for conversion to residential.

Originally a gatehouse it then became a farmhouse and is currently used for farmyard storage. It dates from the late 15th century having been remodelled in the 16th century, altered and embellished in the early - mid 17th century and finally extended to the North in around 1830. The List Description reads : ' An important building with features of interest from several periods, it is a survivor of High Meadow a great house of 15th century date of which this was the gatehouse range. It was retained when a new High Meadows was built in c. 1640 and again when that was demolished in 1805.'

There have been two applications for conversion of the farmhouse and the barns around it. Consent was given in 1988 for the division of the house into two units and the conversion of the Grade II Listed 17th century barn into one holiday unit. Listed Building Consent, however, could not be issued as the scheme did not reflect the buildings' inherent importance. The principle, however, of dividing the farmhouse into two, provided that it respected the important historic plan form and fabric of the building, was established as being a possibility. The second more recent scheme is still unsatisfactory in terms of the intensity of development and negotiations are currently underway.

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