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POLICY EP6 - The Re-Use of Rural Buildings

  1. The re-use or conversion of rural buildings in the countryside will only be permitted where:
    1. the scale and type(s) of use proposed is suitable for the building and its location;
    2. the building is of a permanent and substantial construction and capable of accommodating the proposed use without excessive rebuilding, extension or alteration;
    3. the form, bulk and general design of the building is in keeping with its surroundings;
    4. the re-use is achieved with minimum alterations to the appearance of the building, its fenestration and other openings;
    5. proposals do not harm the character, appearance and landscape quality of the area or the setting of the building; and
    6. the scale and type of development does not generate traffic levels unacceptable to thelocation and the site is reasonably accessible to a range of transport modes other than the car.
  2. However proposals for the conversion, alteration or extension of rural buildings to residential use will only be permitted if:
    1. it can be demonstrated that every reasonable attempt has been made to secure a suitable employment, tourism or recreation use of the building; or
    2. residential conversion is subordinate to a scheme for employment, tourism or recreation use or represents a live-work unit where the proportion of the building allocated for workspace/employment use should exceed the residential use; or
    3. residential conversion is required to meet a proven need for a dwelling for an agricultural or forestry worker or an identified affordable housing need in accordance with Policies CN4 and CN3; and
  3. Where alterations, extensions, outbuildings or storage might have a future detrimental effect on the building or the character of an area, certain permitted development rights may be withdrawn by the imposition of conditions.
  4. Proposed extensions to converted rural buildings will be assessed against the impact of the scheme on the character of the building as it existed immediately prior to conversion, rather than the use to which it has been converted.

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