The Plantation

The development

Our client is the current owner of the site. A former timber Mill that he acquired in Aug 2020. The original use as a sawmill has long since expired and currently, the buildings are used as storage for the client’s antique business. Our client hopes that there is an opportunity to take the site that currently is within use class B1 and develop a group of modern workshops that could form the basis of a craft business hub. This would provide the workshop spaces for the skills associated with antique restoration. The client asked us to work on a planning application that reflected his vision for the site that goes beyond just its redevelopment and reuse within its use class but strives to create a collection of spaces that allows multiple skilled craftspeople and creatives to come together in one place. The purpose of this report is to investigate the viability of turning a currently run-down former timber mill into a vibrant hub of craft-based workshops and antique storage.