A barn which was destroyed by a fire will be resurrected and rebuilt.

The former joinery workshop in Sudbury Road, Castle Hedingham, was left in ruins when the whole building went up in flames in April last year.

Braintree Council has now approved Mr and Mrs Redgewell’s plans to rebuild the structure in order to re-establish the workshop which was originally there.

It is hoped the new barn will stay true to the design of the former buildings, however a small gravel road will be created along with two car parking spaces.

The planning and design statement reads: “The proposal is for a new large commercial unit replacing the unit that was burnt down last year.

“The proposed size of the unit is no different to what was there existing, it is however in a different position on this site and has less units within providing a total of four instead of the six that were previously there.”

No objections were raised about the application and Castle Hedingham Parish Council also offered its backing, despite having some concerns about an industrial unit being built in a rural setting.

A request was made however to ensure the design of the barn respected the countryside setting in which it will be based.

An investigation into the fire which destroyed the original barn was unable to determine the cause of the blaze.

Five separate fire crews from Essex and Suffolk were called out late on Friday April 28, 2017 to deal with the incident.

It took firefighters all night to extinguish the fire having reported the entire building was engulfed in flames.