A farm owner’s plans to convert an agricultural barn to a residential annexe have been approved by council bosses.

The application, submitted by Katie Dewhurst, also sought approval for the demolition of other outbuildings on the site.

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

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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.

“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.”

The statement added that the barn’s simple design will retain its character as a traditional agricultural building of local style, and there were no environmental or technical factors weighing against its development.

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The council approved the development based on a number of conditions, including “in the event that any bats are found or disturbed during any part of the development, work shall cease until further advice has been sought from a licensed ecologist.”

It added the development should remain for residential use and not be used for any other purpose.

Work must begin on developing the site within three years before the expiration date.