PPS 21: Conversion and Reuse of Existing Buildings
The retention and sympathetic refurbishment of non listed vernacular structures is encouraged, particularly where they make an important contribution to the heritage, appearance or character of the locality.
Aspects of the setting of these buildings, including hedgerows, trees, boundary walls and existing access arrangements are also integral to the contribution these buildings make to the character and appearance of
local landscapes. Preserving and maintaining the physical setting of such sites is therefore an important design consideration. There are many good examples which demonstrate how to keep and integrate these building into exciting and innovative new projects….
Advantages of Re-Use
Reusing existing buildings, particularly where these are of local historic importance is consistent with Policy CTY3–Replacement Dwellings and central to CTY 4-Reuse and Conversion, but there are other benefits that extend far beyond the confines of the site;
Minimizing resource use and construction waste through the re use of existing materials; Minimizing visual impact – vernacular buildings ‘fit’ the landscape and are discreet in terms of scale, form and colour;
Promoting adaptability – sustainability is about being able to adapt to the environment; Maintaining locally significant buildings as record of the past; Supporting traditional building and conservation skills.
Extensions to existing vernacular structures tend to be most successful when they are high quality, and reflect the architectural expression of their own time. Variations in the contemporary design approach include;
Innovative contemporary approach; which can involve new shapes and materials Traditional contemporary approach; drawing on traditional shapes, massing, materials and / or siting to influence the design solution. The contemporary expression may come in the shape, proportion and composition of windows and doors or other elements.
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