Exciting potential development site.
Merrion Court is an exciting opportunity to acquire an old grade II listed house and surrounding grade II listed courtyard of character farm outbuildings including a granary range and mill, with a view to exploring ways to preserve and restore them and bring them back into use (stp: subject to planning). The listing description says that
Fenton in 1811 describes Merrion Court as a manor belonging to Lord Cawdor, in ruins. The new house and farm may date from about the time when leased to Lieut. Brown in 1820 Outbuildings: A small courtyard at rear with dairy at N. Barred windows to the dairy. At the angle where the rear wing of the house meets the dairy block there is a corn drying kiln with a drying floor and a granary with hopper above. Stable and pigeon-loft to N. Good quality house of an important tenant holding on the Stackpole Estate, with interesting outbuildings.'
The whole site extends to about 6.5 acres (stms: subject to measured survey) and includes a large courtyard, some more modern general purposes farm outbuildings, woodland and an overgrown field.
The below information are parts of the Summary of Pre-application advice for a proposal to convert buildings at Merrion Court Castlemartin for residential use. For a full copy please contact the selling agents.
Savills was instructed to seek pre-application planning advice from Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority in respect of proposals to convert redundant buildings at Merrion Court for residential use. Advice was sought in May 2021 through the formal pre-application advice service. The aim of the enquiry was to determine some in principle feedback on the land use proposed and to understand the supporting information that the authority would require in support of planning and listed buildings applications.
Indicative plans were provided showing the existing and proposed layout, along with floorplans for the converted units and some typical elevations to illustrate the materials and openings that can be created. These were provided for context. The intention being that, subject to positive feedback on the principle of the land use and other supporting documents required, detailed plans can be worked up for further discussions on design and the listed buildings.
The site consists of the land and buildings associated with Merrion Court at Castlemartin. The site is currently accessed through a courtyard gate to the un-named lane that runs north from the B4319 Merrion Cross. The existing house is to be retained as a single dwelling. Various outbuildings exist within the rear farmyard which are considered to be suitable for conversion. The site includes two portal frame sheds which are proposed for removal. The buildings proposed for retention and conversion are statutory listed (Grade II) as part of the listings for Merrion Court, Outbuildings to Merrion Court and the Merrion Court Granary Range and Mill designations. The buildings are considered to hold significant potential for a sensitive conversion to provide a high quality development to deliver new homes.
The Pembrokeshire Coast Local Development Plan 2 identifies the site as being within the South West Coast housing sub-market area. It lies outside of any settlement boundary and within a broad designation as a minerals safeguarding zone. The constraints map does not identify any site specific constraints. It lies outside of the hazard zone associated with the Castlemartin MOD site (circa 230m distant) and circa 500m from the Castlemartin Cliffs and Dunes SSSI. The Merrion Camp Scheduled Monument lies circa 200m to the north east. There is a Tree Preservation Order along the southern boundary of the site.
The proposed on which advice was sought is for demolition of modern portal farmed buildings and the conversion of the existing listed structures that form the farmyard/courtyard to the north and east of the main Merrion Court residence. An indicative scheme of 11 dwellings was shown along with a new access to be formed, creation of private and communal garden areas, car parking and conversion of building to provide car ports. The scheme shown was indicative at this stage. A site layout demonstrated how the development can be accessed, how vehicles can circulate and how the site can be subdivided to create private amenity space for each of the proposed units.
Additional information below Local information summary.
This is an exciting large site and offers buyers a rare chance to explore various projects to bring it all back to life.Daniel Rees