02 July 2018
Telereal Trillium is pleased to confirm that Ashford Borough Council Planning Committee has voted to grant Planning Permission to its residential-led conversion and restoration of Wye College in Wye, Kent.
Telereal Trillium’s proposals will see the former Wye College campus, comprising an important group of Grade I and II listed buildings that have been disused since 2009, converted into 38 new homes with communal and community spaces, alongside an additional two new build houses.
The development, which has been supported by Historic England, will not only provide the opportunity to renovate the Grade I and II listed buildings for re-use as a mixture of apartments and family houses, but will also ensure irreplaceable historic structures, the earliest of which dates back to the 15th Century, are preserved and community access secured.
Sensitive restoration will enable the provision of improved accommodation for the Wye Heritage Centre and provide public access by arrangement to important historical areas. These include the Old Hall, Lecture Theatre, Chapel and Jacobean staircase, complete with re-installed ‘Ancient Britons’ wooden statues.
Exterior spaces including the historic quads, cloisters and courtyards will also be enhanced with car parking and cycle storage provided for residents and visitors in a combination of barns and open parking areas to the north of the site.
The development will secure the long-term future of the listed buildings, which are situated in the Wye village Conservation Area and the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The buildings have been empty since 2009 when the agricultural college merged with Imperial College and was closed. Telereal Trillium acquired the site from Imperial College London in 2015.
Damian Molony, Senior Development Manager at Telereal Trillium, said:
“We have worked closely with the village residents, Wye with Hinxhill Parish Council, Ashford Borough Council, Kent County Council, Historic England and Canterbury Archaeological Trust to produce a sustainable, long-term future for buildings of unquestionable historical significance. The approved development will ensure that this part of Wye village, which was once such a hive of activity, is once again a feature of community life and a valuable contributor to the local economy. We anticipate the enabling works commencing in late 2018”.