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Horseshoe Farm consists of a main farmhouse which is a Grade II listed thatched cottage and a second dwelling sited immediately to the north. These two buildings are not within the site boundary. To the east of the dwellings and within the site boundary are an arrangement of buildings primarily in equestrian use including a stable building and associated paddocks, in addition to an aviary building.

The scheme proposes the removal of the existing buildings on site, and the erection of three dwellings sited in a courtyard arrangement. The development was supported by a comprehensive landscaping scheme which will be sympathetic to the rural fringe location.

The site sits on the edge of Ravenstone settlement boundary. It is adjacent to the Conservation Area. The site is defined as Open Countryside Ravenstone Priory, moats and fishponds, a Scheduled Ancient Monument is located to the north west of the site in the open countryside and outside the village boundary. Ravenstone churchyard is a Local Wildlife Site and a small number of Listed properties are situated within the village including the main farmhouse adjacent to the site and the Church of All Saints located opposite North End. No Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI’s) or historic parks or gardens are located near the site.

We carried out a Landscape Visual Assessment in association with Steve Jowers Associates on this site, where the proposals were supported by a comprehensive landscaping scheme which we prepared after the findings of our LVA. The scheme was designed to be sympathetic to the rural fringe location.

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