27th July 2022

Northern Trust Company Ltd is pleased to confirm that, working alongside the landowner, they have secured planning permission for 65 dwellings on the 15.8 acre site at Bulcote Steading.

The site is owned by Midlands Land Portfolio Limited (MLPL), the property development arm of Severn Trent, with Northern Trust acting as their planning promotion partner. Northern Trust has secured planning permission for the site and is now working alongside MLPL on the marketing process for disposal of the site.

The site which comprises a Grade II Listed model farm complex located within the Bulcote Conservation Area and within the Green Belt, has been the subject of extensive discussions with Newark and Sherwood District Council and Historic England regarding the future of the listed buildings. Following lengthy discussions an application for planning permission and listed building consent was submitted in 2015, supplemented by a further application in 2017. This proposed the conversion of the existing buildings to provide 24 dwellings and a community hall alongside the provision of 41 new build homes. In light of the extensive discussions with the local planning authority and Historic England the planning application was approved at planning committee in October 2020, and following detailed negotiations the S106 has now been agreed and planning permission granted

John Tootell, Head of Strategic Land at Northern Trust commented “Through the hard work of an exceptional project team I am delighted to have now secured planning permission. With the buildings being Grade II Listed, located within a conservation area and within the Green Belt there are a number of competing pressures that have required careful consideration during the process. The careful approach to conversion and the considered approach for the new build ensure the right balance of this very exciting development will be achieved. Alongside the project team the local planning authority were exceptional throughout and their pragmatism was an essential component of the successful planning applications. This is a great example of how working positively with a local planning authority to resolve complicated issues can deliver exceptional results, securing the future of an important heritage asset. We will now be seeking a development partner and look forward to seeing this high quality development delivered.”

Adam Key, Director at Savills, planning consultants for the project; added “Securing this planning permission is an excellent result, after facing various challenges to reach this point. It will not only secure the long-term future of these Grade II listed buildings and bring a new lease of life to them, but it will also create new housing in a highly sought after part of the Country.”

Adam Tustain, Development Surveyor at Severn Trent explains “We are extremely pleased to have secured this consent after so many years of hard work by everyone involved. This consent will secure the long term future of these fabulous Grade II Listed buildings to provide much needed new homes, community facilities and local jobs in the areas we serve.”

Fisher German has been appointed to market the site for sale.




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