VESP Architects receive planning permission for redevelopment of historic Devon farmstead.

VESP Architects is delighted to announce that planning consent has been successfully secured for a fundamental redevelopment of an historic farmstead in the heart of the Devon Countryside.

Our clients approached us to create a design that will breathe new life into the dilapidated farm. Although the existing farmhouse and surrounding barns are largely beyond salvage owing to their state of disrepair, they will be replaced by a group of buildings that is conceived as a contemporary interpretation of the historic cluster of farm buildings. The West Yard, a focal point of the farm typical of this part of Devon, has been preserved, and each new building proposed for this area aligns with the footprint, scale, and form of the existing structures.

The new farm cluster will consist of a highly sustainable contemporary farmhouse and associated outbuildings, together with an historic stone barn that will be retained and restored, bringing it into residential use through careful refurbishment and a modest extension.
Careful thought has been given to the use of materials, with each building reflecting traditional agricultural aesthetics. Simple pitched roof volumes, open jointed vertical weatherboarding, and oxide red corrugated roof sheeting contribute to the agricultural character of the structures.

The project aims to create a sustainable, energy-efficient group of buildings that seamlessly integrates living, working, and farming spaces while respecting and enhancing the existing vernacular farm layout and architectural heritage.


VESP is the exciting new face of van Ellen + Sheryn architects. Since 2006, we have established ourselves as one of the leading RIBA Chartered Architects in Devon and the South West. Our rebranding recognises the growth of the company and the talented team of architects and designers in our studio. VESP design contemporary, high-quality architecture that roots itself in the sensitive landscapes of coast and moorland. For more information, visit our about us page.

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