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Monday, 18 July 2016

Barn conversions get thumbs up

More barns are to be converted into homes for local people in the Yorkshire Dales National Park after planners gave the green light to four schemes.

The park's planning committee approved the applications subject to conditions.

A traditional agricultural barn will be turned into a three-bedroomed, local occupancy home at Home Farm in West Witton while permission was also given to convert the former Deepdale Methodist Chapel near Dent into a local occupancy home. A former roadside barn outside Austwick, which had been converted into a bunkhouse, will undergo minor internal changes to become a family home while a fourth application involved the conversion of Crane Field Laithe in Otterburn to three-bedroomed accommodation.
Robert Heseltine, the authority’s member champion for development management, said: “Part of our vision for the national park is that it should be home to strong, self-reliant and balanced communities, with good access to the services they need.

“The national park authority is committed to increasing the stock of much-needed local occupancy homes. The conversion of roadside barns is a vital element of our new Yorkshire Dales Local Plan, which sets out our planning strategy for the next 15 years.

“Without a local occupancy stipulation these barn conversions could well end up being sold on the open market for second homes at the expense of keeping local communities together.”

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