A plan to save ‘dangerous’ Grade II listed buildings near Slough has been put forward by Buckinghamshire Council.

The authority has submitted the final part of an application to dismantle and reinstate some of the structures at Rowley Farm, Black Park Road, Wexham.

The agricultural buildings are in an ‘extremely poor and dangerous condition’, according to the council’s design statement.

It reads: “These buildings have been identified as being at serious risk of uncontrolled collapse, which if not urgently addressed would result in further damage and loss.”

Half of one building, the calf pens, had already collapsed at the time of the application, with the remaining part of it at ‘imminent risk of collapse’.

Meanwhile, the collapse of part of the north hay barn and the granary is also ‘imminent’, the plans say.

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They add: “The condition of the buildings is such that it is not safe or practicable to provide temporary structural support that could allow access for further inspections and the provision of urgent holding works.

“The careful dismantling of the buildings identified as being at the greatest risk is the only means of providing safe access to facilitate archaeological assessment and recording, an assessment of the extent and nature of repair and/or replacement.

“Without safe access the buildings will remain extremely vulnerable and will continue to deteriorate until their inevitable collapse.

“The dismantling works will address the immediate concerns with regard health and safety and ensure that uncontrolled collapse and the irreparable damage and loss of significant elements of the listed building can be averted.”

The buildings at the centre of the application have fallen into disrepair after being made redundant by modern farming practices and being replaced by larger farm sheds, according to the plans.

They state that the buildings need to be rebuilt and/or repaired so that they can be brought back into ‘full beneficial use’ and therefore benefit from more regular maintenance and repair to help preserve them.

Planning officers granted listed building consent for the works to be carried out in August last year, with several conditions attached to the permission.

One of these was that a statement outlining how the buildings will be maintained once repaired must be submitted to planners and approved in writing before any dismantling of the existing buildings.

The statement, which seeks to ‘safeguard the special architectural and historic character of the buildings’, was submitted for approval during the last week.

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