Gibson Court, Woodhall Spa

The Heritage team was initially instructed at the conclusion of the design process to prepare a supporting statement for a retirement living scheme on the edge of the former monastic precinct at Kirkstead Abbey and at the entrance to the Woodhall Spa Conservation Area. The remains of the abbey are Grade I listed and scheduled, and are therefore some of the most significant assets in the country.

Following concerns raised by consultees with regards to the impact of the development on the setting of these assets, the Heritage team were able to bring their analysis of heritage significance to bear in advising on design revisions that would overcome the objections of Historic England and the Conservation Officer. Following the submission of the revised plans, the scheme was recommended by officers for approval and planning permission was awarded by Planning Committee in July.

The team was delighted to be able to advise on relatively straightforward changes to the scheme that maintained viability whilst dealing with the heritage sensitivities of the site, proving the value of close collaboration during the design process.

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Project Details

  • 43 units for retirement living
  • Located at the gateway to Woodhall Spa Conservation Area and within the setting of Grade I listed and scheduled remains of the Augustinian Kirkstead Abbey
  • Improved landscaping along the street frontage will reinforce the sylvan character of the Conservation Area