Due to the fact that the legal title to the Museum is still in the name of Surrey County Council, Waverley will have to serve a notice on the County Council to advise them of the proposed planning application for the works. It should be noted that Waverley owns the equitable interest in the property and acts as if it were the legal owner in all but name, following an agreement reached in the 1960s between the County Council and Farnham Urban District Council. The legal situation has been explained to the HLF.
1. The proposed garden classroom will be a single-storey building located in the rear garden of the Museum at a distance of 20m from the main house. It will replace the current flat-roofed, pre-fabricated building, which was built in the 1960’s. The garden classroom will be a multi-use facility, which will not only improve on the current facilities but will assist in attracting new audiences and developing/extending the current education programme. A wide range of additional activities will be developed which will open the Museum up to a large number of new users. The proposed multi-use facility will provide a separate education room and exhibition/display room, which can be combined for larger activities/events or used by two different groups at the same time. The facility would also include toilet/wash facilities and a small kitchen area. The garden area at the back of the facility could also be brought back into use and provide an area of garden which could be used for educational purposes.
2. The scheme requires planning permission and listed building consent as it is located within the curtilage of an existing Grade I listed building. The Council’s Historic Buildings Officer has been engaged in early discussions regarding the refurbishment and possible redevelopment. English Heritage has also been consulted and is satisfied that the proposal would meet their requirements. Plans for the proposed building will be on display at the meeting.
3. In order to progress with the Stage 2 application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, officers are required to demonstrate that Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent has been sought. Officers are therefore seeking approval to submit the necessary plans as required.
It is recommended that a first resolution in accordance with Regulation 3 of the Town and Country Planning (General) Regulations 1992 be made to allow a planning application to be submitted for the redevelopment of the Museum of Farnham Garden Classroom and that Surrey County Council be formally notified.
Background Papers (DoEL)
Stage 1 Application to Heritage Lottery Fund and supporting papers.
Name: Julie Maskery Telephone: 01483 523432