The owner of a Ribble Valley farm has submitted plans for the conversion of an agricultural barn to a residential annexe.

Katie Dewhurst has also submitted plans to the council for the demolition of another barn at Higher Hud Lee Farm in Longridge Road, Hurst Green.

The farm comprises a traditional stone farmhouse with an attached barn and a range of modern agricultural buildings, some of which are now redundant.

Lancashire Telegraph: This barn could become a house under new plansThis barn could become a house under new plans (Image: AW+A Architects)

The proposed development comprises the conversion of a stone barn to a self-contained residential annexe.

A design and access statement submitted to the council said: “The barn to be converted is within a distinct group of buildings and is attached to an existing dwelling.

“The farmhouse and attached barn are not listed buildings or situated within a conservation area. A heritage assessment has been submitted which demonstrates the building is of low level significance which derives from its historic and aesthetic values.

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“The proposed conversion utilises only the existing structural openings within the walls to the barn, with four roof lights added within the roof to facilitate fire escapes and to let more daylight into the building.

“The proposed conversion of the building to residential use will lead to enhancement of the historic significance of the building and the adjacent stone farmhouse by the removal of the render and the glazed porch.

Lancashire Telegraph: A second barn will be demolished under the plansA second barn will be demolished under the plans (Image: AW+A Architects)

“The outdoor amenity space will be shared with the existing farmhouse located to the eastern side of the barn. Removal of one of the barns in this location will furthermore have a positive impact on the character of the landscape.”

The statement adds the barn’s simple design will retain its character as a traditional agricultural building of local style, and there are no environmental or technical matters identified that would weigh against the development.

Anyone wishing to comment on the application can do so via the council’s website.