Town and Country Planning

Conversion of Dilapidated Barns to Live/Work Use, Northend, Chelmsford

HPP secured an appeal win for the conversion of two barns to create three Live/Work units and a new outbuilding on the edge of a hamlet in Chelmsford, Essex.

The Council refused planning permission on visual impact and structural grounds. HPP submitted further expert evidence and case law to demonstrate that the 1960s Nissan Hut-type barns were indeed structurally sound and capable of conversion. A strong case was put forward to demonstrate the significant visual benefits the scheme would have.

The Inspector found favour with the Appellant and concluded that whilst the domestication of the external areas would be harmful, this conflict with local planning policy was outweighed by the visual advantages that would result from the removal of other derelict buildings and the improvement of the character and appearance of the retained buildings.

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