New conversion is far from run of the mill

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We are delighted to report that Planning & Design Practice Ltd has secured planning permission for one of the largest and most striking barn conversions in the Peak District we have ever seen. The building is a former flour mill that has played an important role locally and regionally through its 250-year history. The conversion will see a new lease of life being brought to the site for the first time since it ceased its milling operation in the early 20th century.

The approved plans have allowed for a conversion that will see a new 5 bedroom property, with an impressive double-height kitchen/diner/living space being installed within the remain. The sensitive design will make a feature of the millpond and water-race that once powered the Mill’s machinery.

Planning permission for new homes in the Peak Park can be a challenge to achieve. Our planning argument was built around the historic and cultural value of the building. We worked in close collaboration with Heritage Consultants, who under-took an archaeological survey of the site, to create an application that highlighted the historic merit of the building.

The application raised some interesting design questions about how best to provide a historic building in the open countryside with basic amenities like drainage, power, and how best to provide domestic storage and car parking without impacting on the value characteristics of the mill.

We are delighted to have achieved a permission that will secure the future of the building, that will provide the landowner with their dream country house and has unlocked a significant value in the site.

Obtaining planning permission can provide you with that dream home in the countryside or maybe the way of life you have always dreamt of.

It can also bring about significant gains and help to maximise the value of your rural property. However, development in the countryside is subject to strict planning controls which can make obtaining planning permission very difficult. We have vast experience of working on rural projects for homeowners, landowners and farmers in rural areas. If you have any questions about a rural planning project please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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