Proposals to convert an old barn into a house suitable for “modern living” have been approved.

The plans have been submitted by Michelle Platt regarding The Old Barn in Malt Kiln Brow, Chipping.

It is planned to adapt the interior of the barn so it can be used as a place to live, while the exterior will also be upgraded, though sticking to similar materials to its surroundings.

A design and access statement submitted to Ribble Valley Borough Council said: “It is proposed to preserve and conserve the existing fabric of The Old Barn and alter the rear. Existing fabric would be conserved and preserved where possible and appropriate to bring the building back into sound condition.

Lancashire Telegraph: The Old BarnThe Old Barn (Image: GA Associates)

“Proposals include an adaptation of the existing which includes changing the interior layout to facilitate a domestic plan form. The demolition of the rear flat roof outshut and its structure would facilitate space for rear adaptation forming open living, kitchen and garden room.

“The desire for this has come out of a necessity to adapt the barn in a way that is more suited to modern living with better connections to the field at the rear.

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“Crucial significant elements of the barn would be retained and preserved where possible. These include: existing openings, primarily its existing large barn door and sliding panels; internal walls of significance; and large ‘Queen post’ trusses would be retained.

“Rear adaptation would consist of two outrigger type extensions forming two independent gables. The spacing of the two would create an opening through the centre, this being a strategic method of introducing light into an otherwise deep plan of the existing barn.

Lancashire Telegraph: Plans to develop the barn into a home have been approvedPlans to develop the barn into a home have been approved (Image: GA Associates)

“Materials would be carefully selected to complement the existing construction – red sandstone with dressed stone to openings. Existing slate would be utilised where possible.”

The council approved the plans subject to various conditions, including that development must begin within the time limit of three years.

To view the plans in full, visit the council’s planning website.