Casebook: Court cases - Housing: Conversion - Marketing accepted in barn conversion scheme

In granting planning permission for the conversion of a farm building in Yorkshire to a dwellinghouse, an inspector has accepted that the marketing of the property for commercial or industrial purposes was adequate.

The council accepted that the building was of substantial construction and had a pleasant character. However, it asserted that its suitability for non-residential uses had not been adequately tested and consequently its use as a dwellinghouse should not be sanctioned without further marketing.

The inspector, in reviewing the evidence, decided that advertising the property in the Estates Gazette would be an expensive exercise and unlikely to produce significant interest, given that the property was small and had no outstanding merit.

Although the sales particulars did not include reference to its use as a holiday home or for storage purposes, he did not view this as a material deficiency because potential purchasers were referred to the council to explore acceptable uses. The building was worthy of conversion and a residential use would not affect the operation of the farm, he decided.

DCS No: 34735911; Inspector: Peter Brown; Inquiry.

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