DC Casebook: Listed Buildings - Internal wall opening ruled bad precedent

Listed building consent has been withheld for an internal opening in a converted grade II listed barn in Cumbria on the grounds that it would alter the special character of the building.

The scheme was intended to improve circulation in the building while allowing improved access to a post office accommodated in a lean-to at the front and rearrangements at first-floor level. The inspector expressed concern that it would involve the removal of a section of a clay wall, a surviving remnant of a tradition once widespread in the area. In his opinion, the works were unnecessary and could have the effect of setting an undesirable precedent.

DCS Number 100-064-289

Inspector Roger Mather; Hearing

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