De Pol has submitted a prior approval application for the residential conversion of an existing barn in the Green Belt on the edge of Eccleston in Chorley.
The application is for the conversion of the existing portal framed open sided barn into a four bedroom single storey home with views across the Lancashire countryside. The proposal takes advantage of permitted development rights introduced for agricultural buildings in April 2015 under Class Q of General Permitted Development Order. These rights provide for the residential conversion of agricultural buildings, without the need for formal planning permission, where it is demonstrated a specific set of criteria are met. De Pol has submitted the application supported by a Statement which demonstrates that the scheme meets the necessary criteria.
This prior approval application follows on from De Pol’s success in securing outline planning permission for two new build houses on the site. De Pol was able to successfully demonstrate that the erection of two new houses did not impact on the openness of the Green Belt and was consistent with national and local level policy.