Editor's pick: Converted barn ruled too small for guest house

An inspector has refused to confirm that the change of use of a barn in Derbyshire to a guest house benefits from permitted development rights.

The appellant stated that the proposal complied with the terms of class M, part 3, schedule 2 of the General Permitted Development Order 1995,.which permits the change of use of agricultural buildings to class C1 hotel uses, because the barn's floorspace did not exceed 150 square metres and it could provide adequate accommodation for day-to-day living. He explained that the guest house would be serviced by a resident manager who would have a separate bedroom.

The inspector reasoned that guest houses are normally occupied by a proprietor either living on the premises or nearby and letting out rooms to paying guests on a short-term basis. In this case, he judged that the six square metre bedroom proposed for use by the manager would not provide the requisite self-contained quarters. As he found it unclear how the premises would function as a guest house if a manager was not resident, he concluded that the provisions of Class M did not apply.

Inspector: Ashan Ghafoor; Written representations

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