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This probably 18th century barn had been too much interfered with to have listed status and was on the point of collapse. It is in a fabulous countryside location on Mersea Island within the Coastal Protection Belt and an SSSI meaning that was a presumption against it being given planning permiss ion for conversion to a home.
The barn was built right alongside, a Roman era burial mound, and this unusual site had restricted access and no provision for parking. Inkpen Downie advocated that permission for a home should be granted in exchange for parking and access to the monument being incorporated into the work.
The barn is now a comfortable home, and there is provision for access to this unusual ancient monument.