An historic building is set to undergo improvement works after planning permission was granted.

Christian charity Amana Trust has had plans to renovate Grade I listed Bower House on Orange Tree Hill in Havering-atte-Bower approved with conditions, as of September 11 2023.

The key conditions are: the character and appearance of the listed building must be preserved, power-driven tools cannot be used for re-pointing, and the development must begin within three years from September 11.

Works will address "items of immediate concern", according to a report submitted as part of the initial application.

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Under the plans, L0006.23, Bower House will have opening up works to the inside west wing, structural repairs to the outside brickwork and bay window repointing.

Bower House, a red brick villa built in 1792 by English architect Henry Flitcroft, was listed as grade I on July 4, 1952.

Havering Council received and validated this application on August 11.