Office to Residential Conversion of a Grade II Listed Building in Kent

Sevenoaks District Council

We were delighted to be involved with converting the Grade II Listed building in the Sevenoaks High Street Conservation Area from Office to Residential. Working with Sonnex Surveying on the proposed scheme, the scheme involved the creation of self-contained residential units converted from what was a former office.

The original building was constructed in the 18th century with some later 19th-century additions and is a typical example of Kentish vernacular architecture. Several features in the listed building which contributed to its significance included an inglenook fireplace, an exposed timber frame, a cellar, clay tile hanging and brick nogging. Internally, the building had undergone several refurbishments and changes in use over the preceding years. New linings, joinery and finishes were installed throughout, and a substantial extension was built to the rear of the building in the 1980s.

A site visit and thorough archival research enabled our team to establish the building’s morphology and significance, which directly informed the design. A sensitive proposal was developed and brought together in our Heritage Statement, presenting that there would be no harmful impact on the integrity or spatial quality of the listed building. The Conservation Officer’s response noted that our Heritage Statement addressed all the concerns she raised at the pre-application stage and that she had no objection to the scheme.

Our team of Heritage Consultants produced the Heritage Statement, researching the site’s background and development and providing justifications for the alterations that would enable the change of use. The Heritage Statement demonstrated that the works were entirely consistent with national policy, and the Sevenoaks Local Plan and planning permission and Listed Building consent were subsequently granted.

If you are an owner of a Listed Building and are thinking about making any changes to your property, we can assist. To speak with one of our experienced team of Heritage consultants, please email us at to arrange a no-obligation call.