The Old Rectory

13th century rectory refurbished for 21st century.


In 2009, Beacon were appointed to assist with plans to refurbish, alter and extend the grade II* listed Old Rectory. Dating back to the 13th century, The Old Rectory was in need of major refurbishment when the current owner purchased it. The first step was to undertake a Historic Buildings Assessment to research the house’s long and varied history and development and provide the baseline to guide future proposals and works.

Plans were then drawn up for the appropriate remodelling of the house, including an extension, to create a high quality family home. Pre-application advice was sought from the planning authority and English Heritage. We then coordinated planning and listed building consent submission, commissioning archaeologists and arboriculturalists, ecologists, structural engineers and building surveyors. Following long negotiation with English Heritage and the planning authority, consent was gained for refurbishment in early 2011, to include a 2-storey rear extension. Permission was also gained for a new double garage with ancillary accommodation in 2011.

As works progressed it became apparent that alterations to approved works were needed and a number of non-material amendments, planning and listed building consent applications were submitted. Some of these were considered problematic by the planning authority and the final phases of works ended up at appeal. We attended the Informal Hearing on behalf of the client and appeals for retention of a timber garden pergola and installation of a pair of french doors were allowed in July 2013.


Planning permission and listed building consent for refurbishment, alteration and extension of house granted in 2011. Subsequent planning permissions and listed building consents granted for new garage and additional minor works to house. Appeals against refusal of permission for garden pergola and non-determination of application for installation of french doors allowed in July 2013.

ClientPrivate householder
AppointedAugust 2009
Services providedAppeal   Application  
BP teamCharmain Hawkins   Jenni Mason  
ArchitectSnell David
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