Plans to turn former kennels at farm into housing for over-55s
The plans for six bungalows, as well as a communal area and shared allotments, have been submitted by ctd architects on behalf of Frank Kirkham, of Horton.
The Barrage Road site was formerly the location of Willowmoor Kennels, which bred and housed dogs for more than 30 years, before the business closed in September when the owners retired.
If approved, the new development will comprise six bungalows, four with one bedroom and two with two bedrooms, created around a shared courtyard.
A stone barn at the farm would also be extended to create a meeting room, as well as allotments and a pond added to the plot.
In a design and access statement submitted to the Council with the application, it explained: “The proposed outline planning application is for the removal of the existing kennel buildings and hard standing dog runs, the renovation of the existing farm-house and the modest development of six bungalows set in an attractive farm courtyard with a communal meeting room and kitchen facility located in the existing old stone barn building”
On the kennels it added: “The buildings are very basic, in very poor condition and form. They do not look good in thesetting of the original farmhouse.”
“The views of what could be, and was, an attractive farmstead are severely compromised by the ugly nature of the existing kennel buildings”
The statement outlined that the development has been designed to stay in keeping with the farmhouse and so that the allotments and pond would give “a strong sense of place” to the heart of the complex.
It concluded: “We believe from our research and supporting statement from local estate agents that there is local demand in the parish and neighbouring localities for suitable accessible housing for the over-55s in a co-housing scheme with some shared and common interest in the extra facilities available within the proposal.”
“The scheme proposal is a highly appropriate form of redevelopment of a redundant kennels site and fulfils a need for appropriate housing for the over 55’s within the Staffordshire Moorlands and is consistent with housing policies and the council’s strategy.”
Biddulph Moor currently has a housing allocation of 45 new homes by 2031 as part of the District Council’s local plan, which will guide all development in the borough once the Government has approved it.
The application will be decided by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council at a later date.