Farm offices site judged unsustainable

The conversion of a farm building in rural Northamptonshire to offices has been turned down on the basis that the location is unsustainable and it would harm a conservation area.

The development was intended to provide offices for the host farm and eight other farms. The conversion would entail the insertion of windows into arches and openings in a cart shed. The inspector found that this would give the building an unsympathetic residential appearance.

He considered that the site was only moderately sustainable as the farm businesses were remote from transport hubs and their staff lived in scattered locations. He found that the proposal conflicted with Planning Policy Statement 4, which seeks to guide commercial development to existing centres.

Inspector: John Wilde; Written representations.

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