The end of June saw us submit an application for Listed Building Consent to convert parts of the Lloyds Bank in central Ashburton into two dwellings. The ‘shop-front’ remains the same but an existing side passage gives access to entrances to a small ground floor flat and larger first floor family home. The design has to take into account the Listed building’s features, not only some lovely internal rooms with feature ceilings but the front elevation in it’s prominent location in the town. Some really interesting features including two vaults are being incorporated into the design. Despite the Listing, parts of the building have suffered commercial development and have little inherent value, which gives room for scope and imagination. Also despite the Listing, the in-principle conversion of the first floor is also Permitted Development, whilst the formation of the additional ground floor dwelling takes into account the National Park’s need for new dwellings, weighed up against their affordable housing strategy. One of many Listed building projects we’ve been involved with, and an interesting jigsaw of a project. It’s been intriguing unraveling the developmental history of the site, looking for clues in remaining bits of historic fabric, and using this to inform the proposals.