Brett Naylor, Wigston Parva – Old barn conversion to hobby farm
Brett & Aimee Naylor got in touch to ask for help in getting a unique development idea through to planning approval.
The property is on the edge of a heritage conservation area and consisted of a derelict barn from the 50’s and an overgrown and unloved half an acre of scrubland.
The Naylors wanted to turn this plot into a hobby farm, which is a recreational space that is intended for enjoyment and pleasure rather than a financially profitable business. The family wanted to use it to raise some goats, chickens and bees and to grow fruit from the established and newly planted fruit trees. There is also the addition of a shepherds hut for socialising and the occasional sleepover.
The proposal met with a surprising amount of opposition, in spite of the development beautifying what was an eyesore on the edge of the lovely little village of Wigston Parva. However, once the ecological credentials of the development were established with the council, the application was approved.
The beautiful work carried out by the Naylor family has already made this development a success, as the hobby farm has already attracted new flora and fauna, including bats, newts and owls. As you can see from the pictures below, the work to the barn has been a huge success