Council congratulates planning award winners

Release date: 9 September 2015

Photo l to r: Andy Jones (CDC), Louisa Hanbury (owner), Simon Hanbury (owner), Cllr Sue Jepson (CDC), Mike Cahill (contractor), Andy Nurden (contractor), James Slater (designer)

An award-winning barn conversion to create holiday accommodation and a corporate event facility in Cotswold Park, Woodmancote has been praised by members of the Cotswold District Council Planning and Licensing Committee. 

Meeting on 9 September, the Councillors congratulated everyone involved in the project which recently won the ‘best change of use of an existing building or conversion’ category at the Western Region Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Awards.

Representatives of the applicant, architect, contractor and CDC officials involved were all thanked in person for their efforts by Cllr Sue Jepson, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing, who was obviously impressed:

“Well done to everyone involved. This was a challenging project which had to balance the needs of the end user with the constraints of a listed building, as well as the requirements of the building regulations. The LABC judges all agreed that the resulting design solutions and quality of workmanship were of the highest standard.

“I am particularly pleased that the relationship of the design team with all elements of development management and building control was described as excellent at the regional awards ceremony.  This included a very good relationship between building control surveyors and the contractor on site.”

Andy Jones, the Joint Building Control Manager at CDC, added:

“This is one of many projects across the District which are a real source of pride.  The Woodmancote conversion will now be entered into the national LABC awards which are judged in November this year.  We are keeping our fingers crossed that those judges will also be impressed by this submission, and we look forward to seeing the first prize on display here in the Cotswolds in a few months’ time!”



The award for the best change of use of an existing building or conversion category at the Western Region LABC Building Excellence Awards

Cotswold Park, Woodmancote

Applicant: Mr Simon & Mrs Louisa Hanbury 

Architect: James Slater and Co.

Contractor: AC Nurden

CDC Planning Officer: Clare Baker

CDC Conservation Officer: Iain Smith

CDC Building Control Surveyors: Barry Trueman, Gavin McNaught-Davis and Andy Jones

For more details about the LABC awards, please visit

Cotswold District Council
Trinity Road