New design guidelines have been adopted by your District Council for anyone planning to convert a farm building.
After consulting with local people, the authority updated a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) to reflect the policies in the recently adopted Derbyshire Dales Local Plan, changes in legislation and the approach to conversion and re-use of farm buildings.
SPDs expand on existing policy to provide extra detail and depth not possible in a Local Plan. The conversion of farm buildings SPD was approved by councillors last week, meaning it will be used to guide future planning applications.
A District Council spokesperson said:
“In the predominantly rural district of the Derbyshire Dales, farm buildings are a common, distinctive and prevalent building type. When these buildings are not required for the purpose for which they were constructed there is pressure to convert them to alternative uses.
“The SPD is designed to expand on Local Plan policy to provide more detailed and practical design advice for the conversion of farm buildings and to provide complementary guidance and advice for owners who are seeking to find alternative uses for their farm buildings without having an adverse impact on their character, appearance or setting.”
The SPD can be viewed online here and copies can also be inspected at Matlock Town Hall, Arc Leisure Matlock, Ashbourne Leisure Centre, Wirksworth Leisure Centre and the libraries in Ashbourne, Matlock and Wirksworth.
The District Council's Planning Policy team can be contacted for more information by email at email@example.com or by phone on 01629 7611251.
- View more information and background documents on this webpage.