Willow Court Farmhouse set for restoration after £2 million funding boost - The Droitwich Standard

Willow Court Farmhouse set for restoration after £2 million funding boost

Droitwich Editorial 3rd Apr, 2024   0

AN HISTORIC Droitwich farmhouse is set to be restored and transformed into affordable homes thanks to a massive multi-million pound funding boost.

The Worcestershire Building Preservation Trust has received over £2.3 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to convert the Grade II listed Willow Court Farmhouse into six affordable rental homes.

A faithful restoration of the 16 century property is the final phase of a multi-stage project which included making the site secure and developing details plans on how to save the building.

Wychavon District Council, who own the property, will work alongside the preservation trust and Platform Housing Group to see the dilapidated farmhouse restored and converted after lying derelict for decades.

Sue Whitehouse, chair of The Worcestershire Building Preservation Trust said: “We’re delighted that we’ve received this support, adding to the funding we have previously received from Wychavon District Council and the Architectural Heritage Fund.

“We are now able to ensure that Willow Court Farmhouse will indeed be safe as houses.”

Planning permission has been secured to undertake the essential conservation work and preserve the historic timber frames inside.

Councillor Rick Deller, member for housing and regulatory services on Wychavon, said: “I’m delighted that with the support we have been able to rescue this historic building and use it to make a real difference to people’s lives.”

An apprenticeship programme is planned, alongside a series of local community events and activities to help unlock the lost history of the farm and surrounding land.

The collaboration to rescue a heritage building at risk aims to establish a model to tackle two important issues – creating viable usage for historic buildings and providing more affordable properties.

Steve Eaves, director of Regeneration for Platform Housing said: “Regeneration is going to be an important solution in solving some of our local housing issues and Willow Court is a great example of finding viable answers.

“It’s great news for everyone involved and our thanks go to Worcestershire Building Preservation Trust, Wychavon District Council and The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

“We’re excited that this project can go ahead and we look forward to giving the building a new life.“

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