Planners give green light for farm conversion

The derelict farm buildings in Waterside, Ely. Picture: Steve Williams.

The derelict farm buildings in Waterside, Ely. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Planning officials have given the go-ahead for developers to convert a group of derelict farm buildings in Ely’s historic Waterside into houses.

The former farm buildings, between numbers 47 and 51 Waterside, form a key part of Ely’s riverside area and overlook Lavender Green.

While some of the farm buildings that make up the site – which measures more than half an acre - will need to be pulled down, the applicants say that three of the buildings are worth saving and restoring for housing.

Planning official, Rebecca Saunt said: “It is considered that the three dwellings that would be created through the conversion of the existing buildings and the proposed additions will create a visually interesting addition to the waterside.

“The proposals are of a high quality design standard that will preserve and enhance both the character and appearance of the area.”

Both the Ely Society and the City of Ely Council gave their backing to the plans but some neighbours of the buildings expressed concern about the impact of building work on other historic properties in the area.

One told the council: “It is only a track between the three houses leading down to the site and it is in very poor condition.

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“We are worried that heavy lorries carrying equipment and building materials will cause it to deteriorate even further which could affect the foundations of these properties which are over 300 years old.”

Andrew Fleet, agents acting for the applicants said: “We are of the opinion the proposals by nature of the conversions and minimal additions will have no impact on any significant heritage asset, and will bring are redundant, unsightly site into good use.

“We would argue that the proposals by nature of there intended rejuvenation of this area would have a positive impact on the Conservation Area and any heritage asset in the vicinity.”