Hopes to secure the future of Bexwell Barn

New plans could secure the future of Bexwell Barn
New plans could secure the future of Bexwell Barn

Plans to create a private function venue could secure the future of a historic barn.

Bexwell Barn is a Grade II Listed Building and a scheduled monument but has been out of use for several years.

Now the owners, Mr and Mrs N Brett, are hoping to hold small functions within the transformed barn.

The striking building with its turrets and medieval windows is believed to have been constructed using materials from a nearby monastery .

The building could date back to the 15th century and may have been a gatehouse.

A planning application has been lodged with West Norfolk Council to convert the building into a hall for private events.

The design and access statement says: “Finding a viable use for the building is imperative to its survival. The barn certainly doesn’t lend itself to a residential dwelling.

“A sensible solution, as agreed by English Heritage, would be to make the building suitable for holding small private functions and in order for this to be successful, a small extension needs to be added to the rear of the structure so that toilets and a small prep kitchen can be installed.

“It is worth noting that the extension will be designed in such a way that it only interacts with the barn as little as possible and will also be designed to be completely removable should it ever be required in the future.

“The conversion to a function room can be carried out with very little disruption to the existing barn walls.

“Repair work to the existing fabric can be carried out working closely with English Heritage.”