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AJ Design has successfully obtained planning permission to extend and convert
a barn located in an Area of Great Landscape Value (AGLV).

Although the barn previously had planning approval to extend and convert, the approved extension was just single storey with a very small footprint.We have managed to obtain consent for a two storey extension, which provides nearly five times more floor space than the previously approved extension and is actually larger than the barn itself.

Whilst the original barn will be kept traditional with stone walls, slate roof and timber windows the extension will be clad totally with black corrugated steel sheets and have modern aluminium windows.

In summing up the application the planning officer commented:

- whilst the extension would still appear a large addition to the simple barn, the reduction
in size would appear a subservient addition to the barn

- the extension will be attached to the barn via a single storey link. The proposal would result in
a form of development that clearly differentiates from the old and new

- the materials of the barn would appear agricultural in appearance
thus blending with rural appearance of the area

- the site sits within an Area of Great Landscape Value (AGLV) and the protection of the landscape character is of particular importance. The proposals will incorporate materials to blend with not only the existing barn but the surrounding area. The barn and extension will not appear at odds or out of context with the rural nature of the area

The site is quite remote and despite a convenient nearby gas trunk main, the nearest suitable water and electricity supplies are over a mile away. The permission also includes a bore hole and a large ground mounted solar pv array, together with a detached plant room building to house the water storage tank and solar batteries.

barn conversion in an AGLV

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