PLANS to convert a barn into a home near Sedbergh have been refused due to the ‘adverse impact’ the proposals would have on the heritage of the site.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has turned down proposals from Mr A Brown to convert Birchentree Barn in Dent into a two-bedroom property.

The decision notice states: “In the opinion of the Local Planning Authority the proposal involves significant alterations and major structural work to the building, which would have an adverse impact on the heritage interest and traditional character of the building and the surrounding landscape.

“Given the amount of demolition and rebuild involved, the proposed development would be tantamount to the erection of a new dwelling in the open countryside, and as such the proposal is contrary to Yorkshire Dales Local Plan.”

The decision notice adds the proposed access for vehicles is ‘unsatisfactory’ as the required visibility of 215 metres cannot be achieved.

According to planning documents the proposed change of use would involve the demolition of the later rear and side extensions and the construction of a smaller single storey rear extension under a traditional catslide roof.

A heritage statement submitted by the applicant states: “It is deemed that the change of use / conversion of this existing barn will provide a positive enhancement to the National Park.”

Members of the Yorkshire Dales National Park development committee were minded to approve the application against officer’s recommendations in March 2023.

According to planning documents committee members stated the proposed development would improve the condition of a ‘redundant’ barn and would provide additional housing for the area.

However, head of development Richard Graham stated there were ‘significant concerns’ of the validity of the reasons to approve given by members and the decision was deferred.

The application was then refused on February 2 by the planning authority.