World Heritage Site Regeneration

An unusual commission to regenerate a small farm holding and diversify the business led to an imaginative development to create holiday and tourism opportunities in this unique coastal landscape.

The farm is situated on the Jurassic coastline of Dorset, a World Heritage Site.  It is also located within an area of outstanding natural beauty, and in a tranquillity zone with parts of the development plots designated sites of special scientific interest.

Working sensitively within the constraints of these complex planning restrictions we successfully developed four separate buildings. This included creating a new build dwelling house for tourism lettings and the conversion of a derelict animal shelter into a three-bedroom courtyard house.

The overall strategy for the site considers issues relating to development in the open countryside, such as landscape conservation, environmental impact in a sensitive location, employment opportunities for the local population and the sustainable economic viability of farming.

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