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Planning permission and listed building consent secured for new Humanities building at Haileybury school   
24 May 2016 | Posted by Jenny Page
Beacon were part of a project team that successfully negotiated a scheme for the new building overcoming the policy constraints of both green belt and protection of heritage assets.

Haileybury is one of the top independent schools in the country. The school benefits from a wealth of grade II and grade II* buildings, the earliest designed by William Wilkins.

Beacon in conjunction with StudioE architects have secured planning permission and listed building consent for a new Humanities building. This approval will allow the school to continue their programme of upgrading and improving the buildings and facilities they provide for their pupils.

The project team worked closely with East Herts District Council and Historic England to develop an acceptable scheme. Discussions centred on two key areas. The importance of protecting the heritage assets and the Green Belt location. Beacon successfully argued that the scheme which involved demolition of non-listed buildings would not harm the special qualities of the existing listed buildings and their settings. The site is within the Green Belt and therefore we also needed to demonstrate exceptional circumstances to allow a departure from policy.

Beacon continues to provide ongoing planning and heritage advice to the Haileybury in securing the necessary planning permissions and listed building consents. This has also involved preparing a masterplan in conjunction with StudioE for the long term development of the school.