Down Farm Barn acquired by Clanfield parish council

Published: 18th February 2019
Categories: News, Community & Volunteer, Clanfield

Four years after Clanfield Parish Council resolved to take on the ownership of Down Farm Barn (otherwise known as “Crimea Barn”) for the village, the legal process has finally been completed.

Ownership of the property transferred to the Parish Council last Friday, 15th February.

“Now we can get on with drawing up the plans and raising the funds for its restoration” said Councillor Rosemary Clarke who leads the Council’s Down Farm Barn Working Group.

Following a competitive tender process last year, the Council appointed The Goddard Partnership, which is based in Bishops Waltham, as its architects and conservation advisors for the property. The intention is to provide a much-needed Parish Office with a museum in part of the building and that other uses will include lettable space - offices or similar - to provide employment opportunities and to generate income.

The village lost many of its historic buildings as a result of development during the 1960’s and 70’s. Down Farm Barn, at the junction between Chalton Lane and Green Lane, was also scheduled for demolition as part of the St James Place housing scheme. This was despite experts suggesting that it should be retained. In 2015, realising that another piece of Clanfield’s heritage was about to be lost, villagers approached the Parish Council for support and the late Brian Ahern, then a Parish Councillor, helped them launch the campaign to save the flint Victorian barn, adopting “Crimea Barn” as the campaign name. With the backing of significant local support for the project, the developers were approached and negotiations began.

Councillor Clarke added: “It has been a long and complicated road to acquire the property but I am delighted it has been achieved and I am looking forward to seeing it restored and in use, reflecting the heritage of our village and of practical benefit to its residents for many years to come”.

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