PLANNING NEWS: CONSENT GAINED IN WEST BERKSHIRE FOR OLD DAIRY TO BECOME RESIDENTIAL DWELLING

SANDY FISHPOOL

PLANNING NEWS: CONSENT GAINED IN WEST BERKSHIRE FOR OLD DAIRY TO BECOME RESIDENTIAL DWELLING

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We are delighted to have gained prior approval from West Berkshire Council for the conversion of a former dairy building within an operational farm on the edge of an idyllic rural village to provide residential accommodation.

The dairy building was originally used as part of the dairy farming operations but was now redundant due to the closure of the dairy operation and the farms’ diversification into arable farming. The building has subsequently been used for agricultural storage, with a small farm office at the rear of the building.

The owner now decided to plan to convert the building into a residential dwelling. The premise of this was challenging due to the location, it being very close to other operational farm buildings. Senior planner, Lisa Allison who worked on the project, overcame the challenges with clear and continued dialogue with the local planning authority, as well as both the planning officer and the environmental health officer, providing the additional information required to rebut their initial concerns and formal objections. The application was supported by a structural survey, a contamination report and an existing and proposed plans package.

The farm now has consent to convert the building into a residential dwelling, subject to conditions.

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