CASEBOOK: Appeal Cases; Housing, Conversion - Former chapel judged large enough for dwelling

A former Methodist chapel in the Warwickshire green belt with a lawful use as a builder's store has been deemed suitable for residential use even though it had a ground floor area of only 40 sq m.

The inspector noted that some external alterations to the building would be made but judged that these would be modest and would not harm the character of the area. Although none of the rooms would be large, he felt that the chapel would be able to accommodate a small household and that its reuse was preferable to leaving it vacant.

DCS No: 52821213; Inspector: David Hainsworth; Hearing.

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