Mersea Mount

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Roman mound proves saviour for barn

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.

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