Permission has been granted for the conversion of a disused poultry shed, in Essex, into a single dwelling under Class Q of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015.

It was concluded that the proposed change of use of this agricultural building into one dwelling was acceptable in relation to the impacts of transport and highways, noise, contamination, flood risk, location and siting, design and external appearance of the building.

The existing poultry barn has a simple functional appearance with the corrugated sheet roof and timber weatherboard cladding. The primary structure is to be retained with limited new window and door openings and replacement Decra tile profile steel sheeting. This will ensure that the proposed dwelling will continue to reflect the simple architectural style of the agricultural building.

It was considered that the poultry shed conversion to a dwelling would have a positive effect on the character and appearance of the area. The proposed dwelling would not be ‘an isolated home in the countryside’ in that it is close to other dwellings in the area.

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