Thatch Fire Update: Planning Permission Approved

In 2018, we heard the sad news of a thatch fire in a quiet Wiltshire village. Now, plans for a replacement cottage have been granted planning permission.

The original house was a Grade II Listed Building and in a Conservation Area. The house dates from the late 16th or early 17th century. The next door thatch cottage was fortunately not damaged by the fire.

Thatch Fire: Before

Thatch Fire

The fire destroyed the thatch roof and most of the first floor. Much of the ground floor was also damaged, and many of the main walls became structurally unsound.

Working with a Heritage Consultant, we discovered that the house contained a mixture of materials of different ages. Therefore, the historical significance of the house after the fire is minimal, as well as it being very difficult to save any particular pieces.

Thatch Fire: After

Replacement Cottage in Planning: Update

Our team of Architects set about designing a replacement house. Sensitivity is key, because this new house will replace a listed building, as well as needing to fit in to the Conservation Area.

A traditional brick and flint style with casement windows is similar to many of the surrounding village houses. The roof was also designed to mimic the old shape of the thatch, including a steep lean-to at the back of the house, and a half-hip at the front.

In February 2019 the Council approved the application – agreeing that the design respects the surrounding area and pays homage to the original historic building – for demolition of the remains and the erection of the replacement dwelling.  Shortly after that, Historic England confirmed that the building was no longer on the statutory list.  Work on removing the remains and commencing development of the replacement dwelling is due to start in April.

Thatch Fire

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