Hawes couple get permission for barn conversion

A young Hawes couple have been granted permission to convert a barn into a house.

The application to convert a barn on the eastern fringe of the town into a house was approved unanimously by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s planning committee this week, despite objections from county council highways officers.

It brings to 79 the number of barn conversions that have received planning permission since the new local plan started to be used in late 2016.

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In that time, one barn conversion has been refused.

The Hawes barn is located off the A684, opposite the Methodist cemetery, where the speed limit is 60mph.

The committee meeting heard that proposals to reduce the speed limit to 40mph would mean the visibility splays from the barn access road would be sufficient to ensure highway safety.

Addressing the committee, Steve Calvert – partner of the applicant, Stacey Moore – said that house prices were extremely high for first time buyers in Hawes, and that the barn was affordable as it belonged to the Moore family, which ran a building firm.

He said that planning permission would allow the couple to stay in Hawes for the rest of their lives.

The newly-elected Member Champion for Development Management at the National Park Authority, Jim Munday, said:  “This local couple has brought forward a well-considered application, which respects the historic environment.

“Although our barns conversion policy is a conservation policy, not a housing policy, we are delighted to see it being used by a young couple keen to continue living and working in the town they were brought up in.

“We’re confident that the planned changes to the speed limit east of Hawes will nullify any objections based on highway safety.”


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  1. It’s way over time for the highways to reduce the speed limit in Askrigg. I’ve been on with this matter over 9 months now. Watching the kids from low mill crossing over the road is frightening maybe Richmondshire today shold do a story on this.

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