Dilapidated dairy barn to become community events space

Plans for the site at Poole Farm have been unveiled

Poole Farm

Poole Farm
Poole Farm

Plans to convert a dilapidated dairy barn into a community events space have been unveiled. Plymouth City Council has put forward plans for the conversion of an existing dairy barn on the Poole Farm site.

The building is currently not being used and is in a dilapidated state of repair, but Plymouth City Council are looking to redevelop areas of Poole Farm. And under plans submitted this week, the council would remodel and the farm building so it could have a commercial use for events, educational visits and nature information for the general public

Poole Farm is nestled at the center of the Derriford Community Park. The park comprises 147 hectares of beautiful natural space with wooded valleys, wildflower meadows and rivers.

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The Hayloft building will be refurbished into an open plan space on the ground floor for community events and nature trails, with a welfare area on the first floor including a kitchenette and drying room. It is intended that the proposed building will use sustainable energy sources and promote wellbeing.

A statement submitted with the planning application said: “The existing structure is a two-storey building with an extended lean-to constructed of solid stone, load-bearing walls and a duo-pitched roof structure. It is thought to date back to the early 1900’s. The overall condition of the existing building is poor and unfit for use in its current state, some elements are at risk of imminent collapse

“The existing facades will remain as stonework. This will be improved and repointed with any necessary repairs undertaken. A steel staircase will be installed on the east elevation for access to the first-floor area. The height of the building will be increased by circa 1m to allow for additional headroom for the first-floor area. This will be completed in stonework to match the existing.”




A Plymouth City Council spokesman had previously said: “Poole exists as a resource for the city, its residents and its development will provide a space to enhance the wellbeing of our future generations. We provide opportunities for education, health and wellbeing, training and apprenticeships, food, enterprise and volunteering. Learning and wellbeing through nature is our ethos and underpins everything we do.

“We aim to re-connect people with nature by exploring the woods, stomping through puddles, counting butterflies, feeding the pigs, learning about bees and beaver watching. We are proud to be able to demonstrate sustainable land management that enhances and protects the landscape. It is our aim to make sure visitors leave the farm understanding a little more about how we all benefit from having a high quality, species rich natural spaces – and to know that in Plymouth there are great examples on their doorstep to explore.”

Plymouth City Council planners will determine the fate of the application at a later date.

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