Purchase of Staunton Manor Farm Agreed

Whitecroft Developments Ltd is delighted to confirm their agreement to purchase Staunton Manor Farm and the associated agricultural buildings at Whitchurch Village, Bristol.

The acquisition will further affirm Whitecroft’s success in the niche market of character housing developments in this area.

Staunton Manor Farm and associated buildings at Whitchurch Village date back to the 17th Century.  By the 1890’s, Staunton Manor Farm was an established Plough Farm and later owned by a Dairy Farmer.  Associated buildings include a wash house, brew house and stables. 

By the 1960’s, the buildings were sold to Horseworld, which was at that time a relatively new charity looking after a small number of retired ex-working horses. 60 years later, HorseWorld's charitable equine rescue work has significantly expanded and is now centralised at their adjacent and much larger (170 acres) Keynes Farm site. All of the horses and donkeys previoulsy based at Staunton Manor Farm have now been relocated to Keynes Farm.

The properties at Staunton Manor Farm in Whitcurch Village will provide 8 unique homes. A site plan for the development will be submitted to Bath and North East Somerset Council as part of the masterplan for the wider site, this will include Bellway and Barrett’s plans for the new homes on adjacent land.

Whitecroft has recently amended their plans in direct response to concerns raised at the Public Consultation meeting held on 9th July, and has now removed their proposed additional access from Sleep Lane to serve two of the existing properties.

As a local company, experienced in dealing with local heritage, Whitecroft is fully aware of the importance and sensitivities associated with the buildings at Staunton Manor Farm. 

Whitecroft is committed to producing a high finished standard as demonstrated at Bath Hill School in Keynsham.  Conversions and restorations force a slower, more considered approach, this in turn allows the opportunity to work bespoke features and design, to consider each home on an individual basis.

The restoration at Staunton Manor Farm will ensure the buildings provide a long lasting reference to Whitchurch Village’s agricultural past.

 ‘Amongst the original buildings, we find the history of Whitchurch Village. It will be rewarding to bring these buildings into residential use.  As the pressure on Local Authorities to deliver additional housing increases, and Listed properties become more difficult to bring up to current energy performance requirements, we must ensure that buildings such as Staunton Manor Farm are retained for generations to come. Rebecca Hales, Director.

Whitecroft also have sites at Bristol Road, Keynsham and in Brislington, Bristol, both of which will complete next year.