A PLAN has been submitted to convert an 18th-century threshing barn in Wherwell into a unique wedding venue.

The planning application, submitted to Test Valley Borough Council, seeks to breathe new life into New Barn, which is a Grade II listed.

The barn, surrounded by estate-owned arable farmland and woodland, has undergone a series of alterations in the 1960s and 2010s.

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This historic structure, accessed via an agricultural track from the B3420, currently serves as a standalone building, with the only adjacent structure being a single-story former farmworker's cottage, recently refurbished and extended.

The planning application includes both internal and external modifications.

Andover Advertiser: New Barn in WherwellNew Barn in Wherwell (Image: T2 Architects)

Proposed alterations involve the insertion of glazed screens behind existing barn doors, replacement windows, and the creation of an adjacent parking area accessible from the existing access track.

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Additionally, overhead powerlines near the building are slated for removal and will be replaced with underground cabling, enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the surroundings.

The conversion plans are designed to preserve the historic charm of New Barn while adapting it to accommodate weddings and events.

The proposal aims to maintain the barn's cultural and architectural significance while providing a functional space for celebrations.