Planning and preservation in a Grade II registered historic park.
As one of the country’s leading independent girls’ schools, Benenden School faces a unique challenge in providing the latest facilities while honouring and preserving its 85 hectares of Grade II registered historic park and gardens, one of its most important assets.
We assisted the school in preparing a spatial masterplan which brought together the development aspirations of the school and the sensitive nature of its setting. We also provided town and country planning advice, securing planning consent for the construction of a floodlit all-weather pitch and pavilion and eight staff houses. The Estates Bursar commented, “The material they produce sets them out from their competitors. I have worked with many planning consultants in the past but Jon Grantham and his team are by the far the best I have had the pleasure of working with. We will continue to work with them on all of our future developments.”
Conservation management and parkland plans
Our historic landscape investigation and preparation of the Benenden School Parkland Plan allowed the school to plan a programme of management, capital works and Special Projects (including restoring the walled garden and lake) to restore, conserve and enhance the parkland. The plans also allow the school to apply for further funding and development as required. As a side-note, the discovery of the original 16th century mansion’s whereabouts provides an exciting opportunity for the students to get involved in archaeological investigation.