Editor's pick: Barn conversion ruled out in permitted rights test

An inspector has refused prior approval to convert a barn in North Yorkshire to a dwelling, finding that it does not qualify for permitted development rights.

The council did not oppose the scheme on the basis that it raised transport, highways or noise impacts. Its concern was focused on the requirement under class MB2.(1)(e) of the General Permitted Development) (Amendment and Consequential Provisions) (England) Order 2014 for decision-makers to have regard to whether it would be undesirable for the building to change from agricultural to residential use.

The inspector concluded that the site's location 600 metres from the nearest settlement would give rise to an isolated dwelling in the countryside. While recognising that it would create a new dwelling by reusing a redundant building, he concluded that it would domesticate the site and give rise to an incongruous development within a strong, rugged and unspoiled area of countryside.

Inspector: Mark Caine; Written representations

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