Time warp house set for a change
A HOUSE that has been in a time warp for more than 50 years is finally to be renovated.An extension will be built at the back of 21 Court Street, Nayland with Wissington, some outbuildings will be demolished and another turned into an annexe.
A HOUSE that has been in a time warp for more than 50 years is finally to be renovated.
An extension will be built at the back of 21 Court Street, Nayland with Wissington, some outbuildings will be demolished and another turned into an annexe.
Babergh District Council's development committee yesterday agreed an application for planning consent.
A previous planning application was withdrawn after the owners, Christopher and Claire Long-Price, learned that planning officers were advising Babergh District Council's development committee to reject it.
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The house, which is within the village conservation area but is not a listed building, had been untouched for more than 50 years when it was sold at auction in March last year.
Since then it has escaped demolition to make way for three new houses after property developer George Braithwaite was refused conservation area consent to demolish it after a survey revealed that its condition was much worse than originally thought.
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When he first bought it at auction Mr Braithwaite had said he had no intention of demolishing the house.
Mr Braithwaite, who bought the timber-framed house for £270,000, sold it to Mr and Mrs Long-Price, who intended to live there after a complete modernisation and extension.
They had calculated that, including the purchase price, they would end up spending about £600,000 on the property.
But, said their agent Barry Whymark, of Long Melford, the couple had fallen in love with the village and wanted to live there.
However, after planners recommended refusal amid local opposition from residents, Nayland Parish Council and the village conservation society, because their proposals were considered out of scale with the original building and surrounding listed buildings, Mr and Mrs Long-Price had to re-think their plans for the house.
Now, however, they have produced more modest plans for extending the house as well as moving the access for cars and have been granted planning permission to go ahead.