Agenda item

Full Application - Conversion and reinstatement of building to form one dwelling at Birch Croft, Barrowstones Lane, The Rake, Monyash (NP/DDD/1120/1063 TS)


Ms Slack left the meeting.


The Planning Officer introduced the report outlining the reasons for refusal as set out in the report.


The following addressed the meeting under the Public Participation at meetings scheme:


·         Mrs R Tarr, Monyash Parish Council – Supporter – statement read out by Democratic and Legal Support Team (DSLT)

·         Jordan Hotchin, Applicant – audio recording


Members discussed the importance of the retention of  traditional field barns in the National Park due to  their historic importance in the landscape, but noted that this had to be considered alongside  the  recommended reasons for refusal in this instance which were similar to those in the  two previous applications for the conversion of the site which had been refused by the Committee. These included the distance of the proposed site from the village of Monyash, the advanced deterioration of the original building, the access to the site via a Green “Drovers” Lane and the impact on the landscape.


The Parish Council’s support for the application was noted.


A motion to refuse the application in accordance with Officer recommendation was moved and seconded.


Officers were asked to clarify what the policy roadmap is for the preservation of historic field barns and confirmed that conversion for residential use is not the only option and that some have been restored for agricultural use.  All applications are assessed on their own merits and there will be a variety of relevant factors.


A vote to refuse the application in accordance with Officer recommendation was taken and carried.




To REFUSE the application for the following reasons:


1.    The proposed development would create an isolated new build dwelling in the open countryside that would not deliver conservation or enhancement of a valued vernacular building. The proposal is therefore contrary to policy HC1 of the Core Strategy and paragraph 79 of the National Planning Policy Framework which seeks to avoid isolated homes in the countryside.


2.    The proposed development would not conserve or enhance the existing field barn which is a non-designated heritage asset, and would harm the character of the agricultural strip field system in which the barn is set and which is also a non-designated heritage asset. There are no public benefits that outweigh the harm to the non-designated heritage assets. The proposal is therefore contrary to policies GSP1, GSP2, GSP3, L1, L3,DMC3, DMC5, DMC10 and the guidance contained within the National Planning Policy Framework.



3.    The creation of a new dwelling in this isolated location within the open countryside and the domestication of the site would result in significant harm to the landscape character and scenic beauty of the National Park. The proposal is therefore contrary to policies GSP1, GSP2, GSP3, L1, L3 and DMC3 and paragraph 172 of the National Planning Policy Framework.


















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