Extent of new building works leads to barn conversion failure

The conversion of a barn in Cornwall would not be permitted development under Class Q of Part 3 to the GPDO 2015, an inspector held, because it would involve a significant amount of new building works.

New walls on the front and side elevations would be constructed together with a new wall along part of the rear elevation. New timber doors and windows would be provided in each elevation, and a new roof of profiled sheeting also added. A first floor would be added along with a staircase, the inspector observed, such that in effect a new secondary structure would be needed to facilitate the residential use. This did not accord with paragraph Q.1(i) of the order in that the scope of the works exceeded what was permitted development. Consequently, planning permission for the conversion was required.

Inspector: Rosalyn Kirby; Written representations

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