Historic heritage-listed home near a pheasant farm gets green light for new roof

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A 17th Century heritage-listed home near a pheasant farm in a moorland village can be re-roofed.

Blackburn with Darwen Council has given listed building consent for the work to Bromiley’s Farmhouse in Belmont Road, Belmont. Owner Mrs Carol Martin can now replace concrete tiled main roof of two-storey building with a slate tiled roof.

A report by planning officer Jamie Edwards says: “The application site is a Grade II-listed stone built farm house which dates back to the 17th century. Listed building consent is sought to replace the existing concrete tiled roof on the dwelling with a new slate tiled roof.

“The council’s heritage consultee has reviewed the application and raises no objections. He adds that the proposed sumo natural slate is considered to be an appropriate material in the context and will result in an improved appearance to the roof enhancing the special character of the listed building overall.”

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A heritage statement submitted with the application says: “The property is owned by Mr and Mrs. Martin, who purchased the property in March 2015 from United Utilities.

“The site is accessed by a single track off Belmont Road. This access track is shared between the owners of ‘the site’, United Utilities, a tenant cattle farmer and a tenant pheasant farmer.

“Bromiley’s Farmhouse dates from the late 17th century and is typical of the West Pennine vernacular in its general construction, use of local materials and its architectural form. Placed alongside the house is a large date stone lintel with the initials TB and RB 1689.

“This was salvaged from a barn which was demolished in the 1950s. The initials are for Thomas and Robert and Bromiley, two brothers, who may also have built the house at around the same date, and after whom the property is named.

“The estate on which Bromileys Farm is situated was purchased by Bolton Council in 1924 for the construction of reservoirs to supply the rapidly expanding town of Bolton. Springs Reservoir was constructed in 1824, and the nearby Belmont Reservoir in 1906.

“The house was altered in the early 19th century by the insertion of tall mullioned windows with triangular heads. The house had fallen into disrepair by the mid-20th century, and was comprehensively refurbished in the 1950s/60s.

“At this time the roof was covered in profiled concrete tiles, the majority of the windows were replaced, floors and ceilings were renewed and internal joinery work remade. Further renovations were undertaken in the 1980s.”