The application to restore Yaldham Manor, near Wrotham in Kent, has been delayed again with the decision deferred until a site visit has taken place in February. After a first application, submitted three years ago, was withdrawn as it was thought likely to fail, the new application [pdf] was first submitted back in January 2009 and has been the subject of extensive discussions as to the appropriateness of the enabling development.
Yaldham Manor has a 14th-century great hall, which also features a large Tudor window, and also impressive ornamental chimneys. Latterly the home of the Lade and Cory families it is now falling into a poor state of repair and requires urgent work. To fund the restoration of the main house, the application seeks permission to create a ‘hamlet’ with new cottages being built to replace ones which have been demolished and also new homes in the derelict outbuildings. The main house will remain as a single residence.
It seems a shame that they all couldn’t be bought by someone who could restore the house and outbuildings as a single family mini-estate. However, if this is not possible, and much as I’m usually against most enabling development, this seems to be a sensitive proposal. I fully support the council in taking a very close look at the application however it does seem a shame that it will have taken over a year to reach a decision but it must be recognised that our heritage requires a careful balance between protection and ensuring that appropriate works can be carried out.
Full story: ‘Historic manor in jeopardy‘ [thisiskent.co.uk]