Barn conversion dismissed due to scale of re-build

An inspector rejected an appeal for the creation of a house from a Gloucestershire barn, finding the scheme did not satisfy the provisions of Class Q and was not permitted development.

In the first instance, the inspector was unable to conclude from the evidence that the barn had been used as part of an established agricultural unit on the key date set by the GPDO.

He further found that the proposal would result in the entire external fabric of the single storey building being replaced, leaving only the underlying steel frame and concrete floor, and indicating that the building was not capable of conversion to residential use without substantial re-building. As such, due to the limited amount of retained structure, the inspector did not consider the proposal would represent a conversion of the existing building and fell outside of the permitted development right, in accordance with the court judgment in Hibbit v SSCLG 2016.

Inspector: Richard Jones; Written representations

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