Application success for barn conversion and extension in green belt

Plainview Planning have secured permission for the conversion of a barn to residential dwelling, with the addition of a substantial extension, on Green Belt land in Epping Forest, Essex.

The challenge:

A previous planning permission had secured approval for the conversion of the existing barn to a residential annexe, but Epping District Council felt that no further expansion of the barn would be appropriate given the restrictive Green Belt policies.

Plainview were brought in to negotiate a 30% larger extension with the Council and successfully demonstrated that the proposed development was compliant with policy and established case law.

The solution:

Due to its location within the Green Belt, strict policies preventing the development of new buildings apply.  However, there are certain exceptions to the stringent Green Belt rules and we successfully justified how the proposed development met the demands of these guidelines.

We introduced relevant material considerations, such as the presence of a derelict barn adjacent to the site, which the proposed extension would replace. Furthermore, site analysis identified that the two barns had historically been attached.

Our planners flagged relevant case law to justify that the extension increase would not constitute inappropriate development in the Green Belt.

We presented a robust case, engaged and negotiated effectively with our case officer and the application was approved.

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