Barn conversion unsustainable given remote location

In deciding that all parts of the national planning policy framework which applied to the practicality or desirability of converting a barn in Oxfordshire under the terms of Class MB of Part 3 to schedule 2 of the GPDO 1995 were relevant, an inspector has judged that it would create an isolated dwelling in the countryside.

400-005-927 (Image Credit: West Oxfordshire DC)
400-005-927 (Image Credit: West Oxfordshire DC)

Conversions under Class MB might well be outside settlement boundaries due to the rural nature of most agricultural buildings, the inspector acknowledged. But the appeal site was located at a considerable distance from local facilities and services with a one kilometre distance to the nearest settlement. There were no bus services and access was via a track leading from a small rural road. It was not intended to be occupied by a farm worker, the barn was not of exceptional quality, and in his opinion it was not desirable to allow it to be converted to a dwelling due to its isolated location.

Inspector: Jon Hockley; Written representations

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