Convert 2 No. outbuildings into 1 No. residential dwelling and 1 No. gallery/exhibition use with residential use.
The Planning Officer presented the application which sought approval for the conversion of 2 No. outbuildings into 1 No. residential dwelling and 1 No. gallery/exhibition use with residential use.
The Committee received a verbal update in relation to the approved drawings and conditions which comprised:-
Site Parking Plan - PL-1276-103A [Received 03/06/2019]
East Barn Plans and Elevations - PL-1276-101C [Received 10/07/2019]
And the additional condition regarding opening hours which was missed from the report - to read :-
The premises shall not be open to the public for the D1 (gallery/exhibition) use hereby permitted at anytime other than between the hours of 10am - 7pm (including Bank Holidays).
Reason: To safeguard neighbour amenity.
The application site was located within the settlement boundary of Winterborne Stickland. Plans showing the location of the farmhouse and it’s relationship to the adjacent buildings, together with diagrams of the existing and proposed elevations, plus an artist’s impression of the proposed development were presented to the committee.
In summarising the Planning Officer highlighted how the main planning issues had been addressed.
Oral representation was received in objection to the application from Mr D Godden and Mr K Barker. Their concerns included proximity of the development to boundaries, overlooking, loss of privacy, (some of these concerns had been addressed following previous objections from the Parish Council), increased noise and number of visitors to the farmhouse, the impact on grade 2 listed buildings and possible pollution from the chimney.
Cllr Kerby the Ward Member, read a statement on behalf of the Parish Council who did not support the application.
Mr S Pitman, the agent for the applicant addressed the committee in support of the application. He advised that the dwelling accommodation would be occupied by an elderly relative asked for condition 3 to be amended to ancillary use to reflect this.
The Area Manager (Eastern) responded to the objectors’ comments and advised that the new flue would be sited 14 metres away from the neighbouring properties, this would serve the log burner and was not considered to be detrimental to amenity. There would be obscured glazing conditioned for overlooking windows.
Conditions would also cover boundary treatments, hard surfacing and ensure there was no detrimental impact on the division of the curtilage.
The Area Manager (Eastern) clarified that as the applicant’s agent had indicated that the accommodation would be used as ancillary use, this was acceptable but condition 3 would need to be amended to reflect this.
In response to a member question she advised that the whole of the accommodation could be tied in the same way so that either barn could be used either way, or the conditions could be split one for East Barn and one for West Barn, so the ground floor could be conditioned as the gallery and the first floor accommodation as holiday and ancillary use.
The committee members were supportive of the scheme and considered it to be a good re-use of farm buildings. The development would preserve the barn rather than leaving it to fall into disrepair. It would be a positive contribution to the area.
Cllr Fry proposed and Cllr Pipe seconded that the application be granted subject to the revised conditions which the Area Manager (Eastern) confirmed prior to the vote being taken.
Decision: That the application be granted subject to the revised conditions outlined in the appendix to these minutes.