Thank you to all who came to the Village Hall on Monday 20th April to hear and see what we are busy working on at Overbury.
We covered four main projects that Penelope, Jake and Michelle have been working on for some time now.
- Lower School Lane Housing
- Solar Panels
- Turning Manor Farm House into a holiday home
Our Farm upgrade is linked on Overbury Farms News Page - click here
Jake will be blogging about the challenge of redeveloping the now outdated, grain store in more detail but we thought we would share the plans we have for the two residential projects in a little more detail.
Manor Farmhouse, Conderton
Manor Farm was described by the late Mike Greaves, who was the Farmer there, as the Jam in the middle of the Overbury Estate doughnut! Since the farm buildings have been empty we have been seeking to find ways to bring life back into this part of the Village. We started by helping with the set up of COCO, the special Conderton & Overbury Community Orchard and are now looking to the next stage.
We are planning to develop a beautiful holiday property that can be rented out for short breaks, weekends, corporate business breaks and the like. This will sleep around 16 people and, if our planning permission is successful, have a beautiful dining room overlooking the Orchards of Manor Farm.
Planning permission for the extension and an additional parking area has been submitted and if we are given the green light we will be looking to start the renovation work in late summer, with a view to having Manor Farm House up and running this time next year.
If you have any questions or suggestions then please do speak to Michelle, the Estate Manager.
Lower School Lane Housing, Overbury
Here we are planning to build eight semi-detached single-storey homes. This has been a long term ambition of Penelope’s and one that has evolved over the years. It was part of the 2002 Village Design Strategy, with the overarching aim of this site being to provide homes for those who have lived in Estate properties for a long time but want to downsize and live in an easy to manage property or for those who are on lower incomes to be able to afford a property in a community like Overbury. We know in recent times quite a number of tenants have left us to move into properties such as this, so we know that the demand is here.
We are working with various designers to come up with a scheme that means, financially, we can build these properties but we that we also have buildings are sustainable, easy to manage and that fit into the Village for the long term, rather like the new School building.
We are currently going through something called a “Pre-Application”, where Wychavon District Council offer us advise to try and iron out any potential issues prior to the submission of the planning application. Once we have done this and made appropriate changes we will be submitting planning permission in early Summer.
We are very keen to make sure that this is a great scheme so are very happy to hear people’s thoughts and suggestions, so please do get in touch with Michelle in the first instance.