Arkengarthdale barn conversion gets final approval

By Pip Land

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s planning committee confirmed today that a barn at Bouldershaw Lane in Arkengarthdale can be converted and extended to form a local occupancy dwelling.

The planning officer had recommended refusal because, she said, the application was not in accordance with the new policy which allows roadside barns to be converted into local dwellings.

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The majority of the committee,  however, agreed with North Yorkshire County Councillor John Blackie that the barn was close enough to the road to be described as “in close proximity”.

He also stated that, with the extension, the dwelling would be sufficient for a single person or a couple.

The head of development management, Richard Graham, warned about setting a precedent.

“There will be a lot of barns in very similar situations to this one,” he said.

For this reason it was agreed that it should be made clear that approval was given on the basis that the barn was accepted as in close proximity to the road and converting it would not be detrimental to the landscape especially as the owner had agreed to underground all power lines and any other services to it.

The planning officer did argue that converting the barn would have a detrimental impact especially as it was in a conservation area.

But several committee members believed this would be marginal  in a dale where most of the dwellings were scattered  and many had been converted from barns.

The decision was referred back to the committee for ratification as last month the majority had not accepted the planning officer’s recommendation.

From the ARC News Service