Plans to convert a disused barn in the Ribble Valley into a family home have been approved by planning chiefs.

Ben Simmonds submitted proposals to convert the barn in Simonstone into a home back in June and the plans were approved on November 17.

The currently redundant stone-built barn is viewable from Simonstone Lane so alterations to its appearance will take into account the character of the area and other surrounding buildings.

Lancashire Telegraph: The barn will match the surrounding buildings in appearanceThe barn will match the surrounding buildings in appearance (Image: Peter Hitchen Architechts)

A design and access statement submitted to the council said: “The traditional stone barn fronts onto an unnamed trackway/road which links with Simonstone Lane and also serves other residential properties.

“The barn is constructed out of stone with a pitched slate and stone flag roof, including a number of existing door and window openings.

"Internally, the barn benefits from a range of stone flag and concrete flooring, with the building being subdivided into a range of storage rooms.

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“The main central area is open to the eaves, with large double timber doors providing access.

“The design brief from the client has been addressed to provide family accommodation across two floors which will include five bedrooms.

Lancashire Telegraph: The barn will become a five-bedroom family homeThe barn will become a five-bedroom family home (Image: Peter Hitchen Architects)

“The building will be repointed with lime pointing to match the existing mortar. Care has been taken to enhance the building with the design whilst maintaining a vernacular, agricultural feel.”

The application was referred to the Health and Safety Executive due to the site’s close proximity to a major hazard site, but they did not advise against the granting of planning permission.

Ribble Valley Borough Council approved the plans subject to various conditions, including the implementation of an electric vehicle charging point to support sustainable travel.

Work must begin on the site within three years in accordance with the council’s decision notice.