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Plans to convert Longnor barn into houses

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 12, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

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PLANS have been tabled to convert a large farm barn into two homes at a farmstead situated near the edge of a rural village.

The barn at Brownspit Farm, Longnor, is situated on the Warslow to Longnor Road, around a mile from the village centre.

Plans put forward to the Peak District National Park Authority would provide one dwelling for a family of five people, and one for two people.

The application states that the present economic conditions do not allow a farming business to survive without the need for diversification.

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A design and access statement submitted on behalf of the applicants, Messrs Sam Kidd Farmers, by chartered architect Andrew Humphries of Sheen, said: "My clients and their forefathers have farmed at Brownspit for many generations, and through a period of time have built traditional stone buildings including a farmhouse or their agricultural business.

"These traditional stone buildings form the current farmyard, which form part of the proposed planning applications. Although this application seeks two open market houses, my clients do not wish ever to sell these or any of their properties, but do require the flexibility to rent these on a short-hold lease.

"We have discussed holiday lets within the large existing barn, which will carry conditions of letting my clients feel they may not be able to meet.

"The proposal will therefore provide a dwelling for a family of five persons and the other for two persons.

"Although this farmstead is outside a settlement, it does form its own particular settlement of traditional stone farm buildings and modem agricultural buildings."

The application states that there would be little or no change to the external appearance of the large stone building and the infrastructure is existing for the conversion.

Parking for an additional two or three cars can be easily accommodated within the large farmyard.

The design statement adds: "The present access to the farmyard from the road has good visibility in both directions.

"Although the farmstead buildings are not listed or within a conservation area, they are a good example of vernacular farm buildings and need to be retained for future generations.

"This grouping of buildings has both an historic and vernacular merit and the new use without changes will not adversely affect its character or alteration to form or its mass, or have inappropriate new window spacings or doorways as they are all existing."

"The first floor accommodation in the barn has an existing steel staircase and is ambulant due to its easy 'going'.

"The main door to the accommodation will be 925mm wide.

"The other dwelling will have a new ambulant timber staircase and the existing stable type front door is sufficient for a wheelchair user."

It is expected that a decision will be made on the application within the next eight weeks.

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