Plans have been submitted to the council seeking permission to transform some disused stables into two, three-bed homes.

Anthony Kay submitted plans to Pendle Borough Council at the end of July, asking to turn the stables, which are currently used as a blacksmith’s smithy and store complete with utility room, into two homes for family members.

Known as the Old Stables, they are located next to Shelfield House on Shelfield Farm, Southfield Lane, Burnley, and once formed part of the working farm, which is occupied by Mr Kay, his wife and their family.

A planning statement submitted to the council said that as changes in farming methods developed, some 19th and early 20th century buildings on the site became redundant in their present state, including the Old Stables.

Some of the buildings have already been converted into dwellings from a previous use, while others remain in their original format.

Lancashire Telegraph: The existing stable buildingsThe existing stable buildings

The statement reads: “The proposal is for the conversion of part of the existing stables and include the addition of single storey flat roofed extensions, and a modest first floor extension.

“The whole conversion will provide suitable accommodation for family use as two dwellings.

“These proposals are very much in keeping with the general principles of the setting, the proximity of other dwellings and buildings will not be disordered.

“The buildings sit within individual curtilages defined in part with dry stone wall boundaries to the north-east and north west, and the existing post and wire stock fences along the field boundaries that currently surround the garden areas.”

Access to the whole farm site is from Southfield Lane, which divides into separate tracks after the main gate entry.

The planning statement confirms that the proposals would not affect the existing access routes, and parking and vehicular manoeuvring would be provided within the development proposals.

The statement went on: “Both of the proposed dwellings would have a kitchen, dining area, lounge, a house bathroom and three bedrooms.

“The larger dwelling – The Old Stables House – has the added benefit of an en-suite bathroom/shower room as the result of the small first floor extension over part of the kitchen/dining area.

“In brief, the existing outbuildings to the north west would be demolished; flat roofed extensions incorporating lantern roof lights and partially glazed elevations (south east) would be constructed to each dwelling using matching stone.

“A small extension at first floor level – northwest corner - with a cat slide roof and window is proposed to The Old Stables House.

“Car parking for a minimum of two vehicles per dwelling would be accommodated within the existing curtilages of each dwelling with a separate access to The Old Stables Cottage created within the site curtilage.”

The application states the proposals will contribute to the five-year supply of housing land within Pendle, with the retention of the buildings making a positive contribution to the protection, enhancement, and conservation of the natural and historic environment

Consultation letters have been sent out and anyone wishing to comment on the application has until August 22 to do so, after which a decision will be made by the council’s planning department.