Home Farm, Shotover Estate, Oxford
Client: Trustees of the Shotover Estate & Natural England Project Home Farm Conservation Management Plan
Location: Wheatley Oxford
Services: Team Leader & Conservation Architect
In January 2009 Spirit Architecture was appointed as Team Leader and Conservation Architect to prepare a Conservation Management Plan for the Home Farm building complex as part of a Higher Level Stewardship Grant from Natural England.
The purpose of the Plan is to provide an overview of the Home Farm complex, a Model Farm from the late C19th, it’s historical importance and the condition of the buildings.
Once completed a Schedule of Repair Works to the fabric of the existing buildings can then be created and tendered and a grant of up to 80% of the repair works can be applied for under the Natural England Higher Level Stewardship scheme.
There is a step by step process for applying for a Historic Buildings Restoration (HBR) grant under the Higher Level Stewardship scheme which Natural England follow to repairs to historic park and farm buildings of all types, and grants are given on the basis of the “best” quality buildings and those at most risk.
Applications are judged on the historic or architectural interest, con- tribution to the character of the area, capacity to retain wildlife habitats, and its accessibility to the public. This can include buildings on the English Heritage “Buildings at risk” register and other Local Authority “risk” registers, however the grants cannot fund changes of use to residential or commercial use.