Appeal Allowed for Conversion in Green Belt
We have received planning consent at appeal for the conversion of an agricultural building to residential use. The existing building is of a steel frame construction comprising of part blockwork, metal sheeting and timber clad walls. The building is situated in an isolated location in the green belt and has remained in agricultural use.
The proposal was to convert the existing building into a residential dwelling within the existing external mass of the building with all structural elements retained. The Planning Inspectorate found that the structural works required to the building did not go beyond works permitted under Class Q of the GDPO 2015 which was a reason for allowing the appeal.
From the appeal decision it is clear that the Council have been overruled in their consideration of permitted development rights, and a redundant building was deemed suitable for conversion and restoration for residential use by the Planning Inspectorate.