RPS secured consent for the change of use of Langley Park House, Buckinghamshire, to provide a new hotel. The House comprises a listed building in the Green Belt and the proposals included the provision of substantial extensions to the building to provide a spa and wellness centre, as well as the erection of a range of ancillary outbuildings accommodating additional bedrooms and ancillary functions to support the use as a hotel.
Langley Park Hotel
Vivenda Regina NV
Langley Park Hotel, Slough
The House is Grade II* listed and set within a registered historic park and garden designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. The proposed alteration required sensitive consideration to the listed building and the historic landscaping. The building is within the Green Belt and the planning application required the provision of a ‘Very Special Circumstances’, which focussed on the benefits that the sensitive and viable reuse of the vacant property would bring.
The site has several ecology interests including bat roosting trees, bat foraging areas, and mature Oak trees on the ground.
RPS developed a case to justify very special circumstances to overcome the presumption against development within the Green Belt. We worked closely with the development team taking into account heritage, archaeology and ecological impacts on the listed building and the site’s historic landscape.
The project has required close working with a number of statutory bodies, including joint working with Historic England, the local authority and County Archaeologist to coordinate the planning and heritage work associated with the restoration of the property and its reuse as a hotel.
The scheme is a long-running and ongoing project and we have maintained close relationships with the client and the development team to achieve various amendments to the scheme.
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