Plans to create nine homes at Crumps Farm in St Nicholas-at-Wade to be discussed by councillors

Crumps Farm (image Clague Architects)

Two applications for change of use and development at Crumps Farm in St Nicholas-at-Wade will be discussed by councillors on Thanet’s planning committee next week.

The first application is for Listed Building Consent for the change of use of three barns to one 5 bed and one 4 property and four 3 bed dwellings plus change of use of two 3 bed homes to one property following demolition of menage and associated stables/storage.

The second, related application is to build two new 4 bed homes alongside the conversions at the same site.

The land, owned by St John’s College Cambridge, was formerly a livery yard, but at present is an unoccupied farm site. The site is adjacent to the Grade I Listed Church of St Nicholas.

Crumps Farm consists of a Listed Threshing Barn, an unlisted, smaller Threshing Barn, single storey store buildings and a later Dutch Barn and semidetached Cottage. The 18th century unlisted Threshing Barn is considered to be curtilage listed.

The site also contains several modern buildings and outbuildings alongside the historic buildings. The application proposes to demolish the modern buildings and two later extensions to the semi-detached cottage.

Amended layout (decimus designs)

Planning documents say: “The proposals offer an opportunity to preserve the historic farmstead at Crumps Farm for future generations.

“The proposals seek the conversion of the existing dilapidated Grade II Listed and unlisted Threshing Barns, Dutch Barn, Cottages and store buildings to the south. The scheme also proposes two new dwellings on the sites of modern farm buildings to be removed, to be of complementary style to the farmstead.

“A new build Dutch Barn and farmstead style cottage on the footprints of the modern outbuildings aid the viability of the scheme and build on the architectural language across Crumps Farm.”

The change of use application, which council planning officers recommend for approval, has been called to committee for a decision by Councillors Reece Pugh and Abi Smith due to concerns about increased traffic, the impact upon biodiversity, trees, heritage assets, highway safety, the local community and services.

‘Significant benefits’

A planning officer document for councillors says: “This development would significantly alter the character of the site from an agricultural use to a domestic use and result in some significant alterations to historic buildings, however this proposal is considered to result in a number of significant benefits.

“A number of modern and unsympathetic buildings would be removed from the site improving the setting of the historic buildings on the site. The replacement of the materials and the external reconfiguration of the remaining buildings on the site would restore historic designs and appearances and add to the significance of these properties.

“The reuse of the buildings would help to ensure that the buildings are preserved for the future. It is considered that whilst the proposed alterations to the buildings are significant, they have been planned in a sensitive and sympathetic manner, and the resulting harm would be less than substantial.

“The public benefits of restoring traditional materials and features to the historic buildings is considered significant and the preservation of the buildings and the arrangement of the site for the future is also considered to carry great weight.”

A number of amendments have been made to layout, additional ecological work and the addition of a footpath, within the site, along Shuart Lane.

Kent County Council has suggested the inclusion of a 20mph speed limit zone throughout the village. At a cost of around £15,000.

The second application is for the new build part of the project. Planning officers have recommended councillors defer and delegate to officers for approval subject to the receipt of a legal agreement securing the contribution towards altering the speed limit in the village and other planning conditions.

The applications will be discussed by the committee on September 20.

The existing Dutch Barn

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Conversion into two 3 bedroom houses. Application documents say: “The design approach is to repair and retain as much of the existing steelwork frame as possible; to retain the character of the barn. The concrete footings to the steel columns are also to be retained as a feature.

(image Clague Architects)

“The timber restraints and steel cross beams at the ceiling level of a new first floor insertion are to be exposed to make a substantial feature.”


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The unlisted cottages are at present split  into two smaller, semi-detached properties. The proposal is to convert the cottage into one 3 bedroom unit.

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The two later extensions are to be removed.

Unlisted barns

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The unlisted, 5-bay Threshing Barn is one of the primary buildings on the site with a high hertiage value. The barn is proposed to be converted into two units (one 3 bedroom and one 4 bedroom unit), retaining an existing partition wall between two adjacent bays. The two end bays of the barn previously served as an oast;

Listed barn

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The Grade II Listed Threshing Barn (8-bay) is the largest of all the existing buildings in length. It is to be converted into two generous dwellings split along a bay division; one 4 bedroom and one 5 bedroom dwelling.

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Splitting the barn into two units will provide each with its own midstrey.

Former stables

Several Store Buildings (formerly stables) that are along the southern boundary of the site, are proposed to be converted into flexible spaces for Plots 7-9. The existing buildings will form a part of their private gardens and serve as extra living/storage spaces; such as for a home office or cycle storage

New builds

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New ‘Farmstead Style’ Cottage: A new 4 bedroom dwelling is proposed adjacent to the site entrance in a similar position to the Stable & Barn St (which is proposed to be removed). The house is designed in a farmstead style and follows the same building line as the adjacent Dutch Barn. It therefore takes consideration of the historic farmstead plan.

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New Build Dutch Barn: A new, detached dwelling built to reflect the existing Dutch Barn on the site is proposed. The house is to be a 4 bedroom property.

St John’s College Cambridge

The proposal is one of several developments on land in Thanet owned by St John’s College Cambridge which since 1511 has specialised in theology and the arts. Over the last 4 centuries it has grown its base of investment to support its educational endeavours. The college is likely to have owned the Crump Farm site since the 16th Century.

It also owns Gore End Farm in Birchington which has gained approval for seven homes in a mix of conversion and extension of a threshing barn, converted cow shed and new builds. There is also a planning application submitted with adjoining landowner for up to 1,650 homes.

Land at Nash Court Farm in Margate is allocated up to 1,461 residential units and associated facilities.

St John’s College Cambridge also owns:

  • Cleve Court Farm in Monkton, 310 Hectares.
  • Shuart Farm, St Nicholas At Wade, Kent, 192 Hectares
  • Docker Hill Farm, Monkton, 137 Hectares.
  • Land adjacent to Shuart Farm, St. Nicholas At Wade, 15.7 Hectares
  • Further land at Nash Court Farm, 4.86 Hectares
  • Garden rear of Acol Cottage 0.14 Hectares

In 2016 St John’s College was reported as owning approximately 18,000 acres of agricultural land around England as well as a large and diverse property portfolio encompassing shops, offices, leisure facilities, industrial units, residential properties and ground rents. It is reported as having  £780.1m consolidated assets.


    • The last tenant had a lifetime tenancy, but was offered a sum they would have been daft to refuse to give up said tenancy.
      Now that the surge of building and demand from homes has encompassed east kent this was inevitable and will be repeated across the area.
      Any bets on how long it will be before there’s an application for the surrounding fields to be either housing or a solar farm?

  1. I expect the rents were extortionate. So no one rents it it falls apart. Then they apply for planning permission. As no longer viable as a farm.

  2. Yet another building plan that needs to be stopped.
    Farm land is needed more than homes for the rich.
    Agree they put up the rent so it makes business unable to afford. Tdc stop this distruction of local land

  3. Nothing to do with rent – the previous tenant had a tenancy for life agreement, and simply decided to retire in the middle of last year. It was at that time that the horses moved elsewhere (they had been brought in initially because there was not enough demand locally for the crops that had been grown there before – agriculture alone was not viable). Now the vast majority of the land is being returned to arable (possibly for biofuels), but the farm buildings are neither in suitable condition nor needed for that use, and conversely there is huge demand for housing locally, so this is actually a reasonable, small-scale change, preserving some of the more historical aspects… At least, as it currently stands on paper. The problem is what happens between planning permission being granted, the land being sold, and the new owner i.e. developer then trying to change everything to squeeze out more profit – that’s what’s happened elsewhere, and what locals are most concerned about here, but it’s at a future stage.

  4. The land at Gore End went up for sale as soon as permission was granted as the lands more valuable with planning permission. No interest in bringing new homes to area but profiting from land that they acquired hundreds of years ago.

  5. Your right there back in the 80s I worked for a little old lady who use to pop around on a little old honda moped. Got to know her well . She owned 225 houses she inherited from here grandfather in the days when you could buy a house for £50 quid

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