A lengthy planning process to convert a former Sunday school into a cycling café has resulted in the creation of the newly opened “The Feed Station.”

Development land and planning experts at Greenslade Taylor Hunt gained listed building consent and full planning permission in February 2018 to change the use of the Grade II listed building in Merriott, near Crewkerne, to form a cycling themed café.  

Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s planning consultants Nick Forrest and Claire Alers-Hankey MRTPI along with development surveyor, Jack Sellick led the lengthy project from its very beginnings, through to the issue of planning permission.

They worked to ensure the conversion would be sympathetic, while retaining the unique features of the beautiful listed building.

Jack said: “We submitted the applications in October 2017. Following conversations with the South Somerset District Council Planning Officer and Conservation Officer, we were delighted to achieve a positive result.”

The sympathetic renovation project had to take into account its close proximity to All Saints Church and the Tithe Barn, and ensure the heritage and character of the building was not compromised.

Jack added: “From the start, the clients had full input into the design, which included some fairly contentious features, most noticeably the removal of two-metres of listed stone wall, which was vital to provide a new pedestrian access.”

Following an extensive 10-month redecoration process the redundant building has now been brought back to life by its new owners.

Four keen cyclists – Louise and Adrian Pearce and Jenny and David Wilson are behind the project. They are eager to encourage others to embrace cycling and will be leading guided cycle rides for all abilities starting and finishing at The Feed Station. For more information please visit thefeedstationmerriott.co.uk or call 01460 271598.