Suitable Out-Building for conversion into a dwelling
The Conversion and Reuse of Out-Buildings
Policy CTY 4 – of PPS21 States:
The Conversion and Reuse of Existing Buildings
Planning permission will be granted to proposals for the sympathetic conversion, with adaptation if necessary, of a suitable building for a variety of alternative uses, including use as a single dwelling, where this would secure its upkeep and retention. Such proposals will be required to be of a high design quality and to meet all of the following criteria:
(a) the building is of permanent construction;
(b) the reuse or conversion would maintain or enhance the form, character and architectural features, design and setting of the existing building and not have an adverse effect on the character or appearance of the locality;
(c) any new extensions are sympathetic to the scale, massing and architectural style and finishes of the existing building;
(d) the reuse or conversion would not unduly affect the amenities of nearby residents or adversely affect the continued agricultural use of adjoining land or buildings;
(e) the nature and scale of any proposed non-residential use is appropriate to a countryside location;
(f) all necessary services are available or can be provided without significant adverse impact on the environment or character of the locality; and
(g) access to the public road will not prejudice road safety or significantly inconvenience the flow of traffic.
Buildings of a temporary construction such as those designed and used for agricultural purposes, including sheds or stores will not however be eligible for conversion or re-use under this policy.
Exceptionally, consideration may be given to the sympathetic conversion of a traditional non-residential building to provide more than one dwelling where the building is of sufficient size; the scheme of conversion involves minimal intervention; and the overall scale of the proposal and intensity of use is considered appropriate to the locality.
All proposals for the conversion or refurbishment of a building listed as being of special architectural or historic interest for residential purposes will be assessed against the policy provisions of PPS 6.