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Camping plan for Morridge Top barn

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 11, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

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A STONE built barn could be used to accommodate up to 17 people if a planning application is approved.

Plans have been submitted to the Peak District National Park Authority to change the use of an existing stone barn, situated within a field on the Warslow to Bottomhouse Road at Morridge. into a 'camping barn'.

It would provide basic facilities closer to camping than a hostel or hotel.

A design and access statement, submitted on behalf of the applicant Mr T Plant by chartered architect Andrew Humphries of Sheen said the scheme would bring an redundant building back to a productive use.

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He added: "This stone built field barn was repaired and restored some 10 years ago to a high standard, and has been kept in this condition ever since. The barn stands among a grouping of mature trees and dry stone walls, with a gated access on the main Warslow to Bottomhouse Road.

"Sheep are reared on all the fields and the barn sits well in the landscape, and my client would like to make use of the building under farm diversification.

"This change of use to a camping barn will help towards the maintenance of the existing dry stone walls and the management of the adjacent trees together with the landscape.

"The building is not listed but falls within the 95 per cent of buildings of local interest and vernacular architecture, therefore it will be a new use for a redundant building."

The design statement states that the camping barn will house a maximum of 17 people and it will be an amenity for families, Duke of Edinburgh students and visitors to this area. The statement said: "This new use will not have an adverse impact within the landscape.

"The main access to the field barn has a very wide door, due to its former agricultural use, and was restored 10 years ago.

"A proposed new timber staircase to the existing first floor will be an ambulant type with an easy 'going'.

District councillor the area, Jason Hails, said the plan could widen the tourist offering in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

He added: "This is a good idea as it provides a different type of accommodation for people.

"Camping is a preferred options for many young people and families.

"The accommodation is another reason for people to stay in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

"We just have to make sure that the design is good and that it fits in with the area."

A decision on application by planners at the Peak District National Park Authority is expected within the next eight weeks.

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