Permission granted for conversion and change of use of rural building in Nottinghamshire

Residential Home Farm Barn, Winkburn, Nottinghamshire, NG22 8PQ

GraceMachin has successfully achieved planning permission by delegated powers for the change of use and conversion of an existing rural building into a new dwelling to meet a specific local need.

On behalf of the Winkburn Estate, GraceMachin has worked with Newark & Sherwood Conservation Team to achieve a development that will sympathetically restore a former cart shed whilst making an important contribution to housing delivery in the local area.

The proposal has been designed to appear as two additional bays to the original cart shed, the width of the extension, eaves and ridge heights have been designed to remain subservient to the existing building and to allow a clearly legible building history.

The existing building is afforded visual separation from the proposed extension by glazed windows which directly abut the existing gable wall. The existing building is constructed from local stone with brickwork piers to the front elevation and a profiled asbestos sheet roof covering. It has been proposed to re-roof the building in clay pantiles, a traditional roof covering used for such buildings with an agricultural history. This will significantly improve the appearance of the building to sit within its immediate surroundings. The stonework will be repaired as necessary and original crook beams and trusses retained where of a good structural condition.

The considered design approach seeks to compliment and enhance the character of the building. The approach taken aims to minimise the impact that the proposal will have on the building and adjacent listed farmhouse. This allows the proposal to settle in, sympathetically acknowledging the character of the former cart shed whilst contributing to its heritage.

This successful application by GraceMachin ensures that this existing rural building will receive a significant investment which will contribute towards a varied choice of housing in the local area. In this case the new home can meet the needs of local people who wish to continue living and working in Newark & Sherwood rather than moving out of the local area to find suitable accommodation.

Overall, this application responds positively to the National Planning Policy Framework which ultimately was given considerable ‘weight’ in the determination of this application.

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