Casebook: Appeal Cases - Housing: Conversion - Straw bale home held innovative but unsustainable

The conversion of a barn at a Nottinghamshire farm to residential use has been rejected despite an inspector's recognition that the use of straw bales in its construction represented an innovative project.

The barn was a tall, functional structure with a corrugated roof set on metal stanchions. The inspector found that substantial alterations would be required to enable it to be used as a dwelling. He held that the introduction of external features associated with residential use would further undermine the site's agricultural character.

DCS No: 100039086; Inspector: Bern Hellier; Written representations.

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