23 Oct 2017
Our historic environment specialists successfully supported Braintree District Council in the dismissal of an appeal for residential housing on the edge of the historic village of Finchingfield. The village is a small, rural, nucleated settlement clustered around its medieval church, distinctive green and village pond, with little intrusive modern development in its central core. There is a wealth of attractive medieval and later buildings, many of which are listed, and it is often claimed to be 'the most photographed village in the country'.
The proposal was for speculative development of 80 dwellings on land adjacent to the Finchingfield Conservation Area and Great Biggins Farm, including its Grade II listed farmhouse and barns. The development proposed also fell within the setting of the Parish Church of St John the Baptist, which is a Grade I listed building.
During the inquiry, Head of Place Services Adrian Gascoyne, successfully argued that the proposals would fail to preserve the setting of the listed buildings in the Great Biggins Farm complex, and that of the Church of St John the Baptist. The appeal was subsequently dismissed.
The full appeal decision can be read here
'A great result again as a result of a very impressive set of witnesses'. Dr Ashley Bowers, Cornerstone Barristers