2016-07-15   facebooktwitterrss

National Park Planners Agree Barn Conversions

More barns are to be converted into homes for local people in the Yorkshire Dales National Park after four schemes were given the thumbs up by planners.

Members of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Planning Committee decided to approve the applications subject to conditions.

Deepdale Methodist Chapel

Deepdale Methodist Chapel
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A traditional agricultural barn will be turned into a three-bedroomed, local occupancy home at Home Farm in West Witton.

Permission was also given to convert the former Deepdale Methodist Chapel near Dent into a local occupancy home.

And a former roadside barn outside Austwick, which had been converted into a bunkhouse, will undergo minor internal changes to become a family home.

The fourth application involved the conversion of Crane Field Laithe in Otterburn to three-bedroomed accommodation.

Robert Heseltine, the Authority’s Member Champion for Development Management, said:
“Part of our vision for the National Park is that it should be home to strong, self-reliant and balanced communities, with good access to the services they need.

“The National Park Authority is committed to increasing the stock of much-needed local occupancy homes. The conversion of roadside barns is a vital element of our new Yorkshire Dales Local Plan, which sets out our planning strategy for the next 15 years.

“Without a local occupancy stipulation these barn conversions could well end up being sold on the open market for second homes at the expense of keeping local communities together.”


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