Barn improvements justify live-work unit

A proposal for a live-work unit in the Hampshire countryside has been allowed after an inspector decided that it would enable improvements to a grade II listed barn.

The inspector accepted that the scheme conflicted with development plan policies seeking to restrict residential building in the countryside and locations with marginal levels of sustainability. But he noted that listed building consent had been granted for the removal of various extensions and outbuildings associated with the listed barns.

The appellant agreed that permission for the live-work unit could be made subject to a condition requiring improvements to the barn to be made within nine months of initial occupation, the inspector observed. In addition, he noted that it would be possible to restrict the use of a large general industrial building owned by the appellant. Restricting use to class B1(c) business would make it more sympathetic to the rural area, he opined.

DCS Number 100-050-556

Inspector Ray Hiscox; Hearing.

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