Barn identified as curtilage listed

An inspector denied Class Q permitted development rights for conversion of a Worcestershire barn to a dwelling after determining it was a curtilage listed building.

400-026-477 (Image Credit: Malvern Hills DC)
400-026-477 (Image Credit: Malvern Hills DC)

The council refused a prior approval application on the basis that the redundant agricultural building lay within the curtilage of a listed former farmhouse and should be treated as part of the listed building. GPDO Class Q.1(m) establishes that development is not permitted under Class Q if the building is a listed building.

Since its listing in 1987, the former farmstead complex had changed ownership and the main farmhouse physically separated from a courtyard of outbuildings by a modern blockwork wall and provided with independent entrances. Despite the wall, the inspector considered a recognisable spatial and physical relationship remained between the listed farmhouse and the complex of agricultural buildings typical of an historic farmstead layout. She also observed that the simple design and modest size of the barn and lack of use other than for agriculture indicated it was ancillary to and functionally related to the farmhouse at the time of listing.

Taking account of the spatial, functional ownership and associative relationship between the barn and the principal building, in the past and at the time of listing, the inspector concluded that it lay within the curtilage of the listed farmhouse and should be treated as part of the listed building. The appeal failed.

Inspector: Hannah Porter; Written representations

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