From tourist attraction to housing: fate of closed down farm project to be decided next week

Woodhouse Farm Park in Friday Bridge

Woodhouse Farm Park in Friday Bridge - Credit: Archant

PLANS to create four homes on the site of the redundant Woodhouse Farm Park tourist attraction are set to get the go-ahead next week, after the original scheme for the site was scaled down.

Sam Flint from Woodhouse Farm Park in Friday Bridge

Sam Flint from Woodhouse Farm Park in Friday Bridge - Credit: Archant

A new application going before Fenland District Council’s planning committee includes the conversion and extension of an existing complex of farm buildings into three homes, and the building of a new barn style dwelling.

The original plans had been to create seven dwellings on the site, but there had been concern about the scale and design of that proposal.

Woodhouse Farm Park - a former winner of the Fenland District Council and Wisbech Standard building design awards - was closed down by owner Sam Flint in 2011, due to the “economic climate” and “astronomical costs.”

A planning officer has recommended that the plans from Mr and Mrs Flint are approved, because they will “provide an attractive complex of residential units through the conversion, extension and replacement of redundant buildings.”

The site in Jew House Drove includes two barns and a piggery that will be demolished. Two residential units will be created from the conversion of buildings at the rear of the site, and a third unit will be created in an existing single story building.

The proposed new dwelling is envisaged as the focal point of the scheme, and will replace a modern agricultural building on the site frontage.

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An officer’s report that supports the plan says: “The proposal will not have a detrimental effect on the surrounding open countryside and will have only minimal impact upon the character and appearance of the existing predominantly rural part of the village.”

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