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National parks to be spared unfettered barn conversions

Last month we posted a news item about the government’s proposal to allow disused farm buildings to be converted to dwellings — or even demolished and replaced with new houses — without the need for planning permission. The Society has lobbied that each scheme should be considered on its merits — through the planning system.

It is therefore a relief that the Planning Minister has now announced his intention to exempt the national parks from this new provision. The link below will take you to his statement to Parliament.  The Society’s position remains that the proposed change is unnecessary and undesirable anywhere in the countryside but at least it appears that the national parks will be spared.

Click HERE for the full ministerial statement