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Historic Peak District farm to convert outbuilding into holiday home

A farm with buildings dating back to the 19th Century is expected to be granted planning permission to convert an old outbuilding into a holiday let.

Middle Farm, Wheston near Buxton, is is listed on the Peak District’s historic building and sites record as a partially extant 19th century farmstead based in a conservation area.

Submitted in 2020, the original planning application included documents for a proposed tea room but has since been amended to only include the one-bed holiday let and demolition of agricultural buildings on the site.

Although the small outbuilding is noted to have “little heritage significance”, the planning assessment states that is a traditional building within the conservation area.

Due to this it is expected the character of the building will be conserved and enhanced by using natural limestone for any necessary stonework.

The proposal has been met with an equal amount of support and objections from the local community.

Those in support of the holiday let championed the revitalising of “deteriorated, fallen buildings” for better use, as well as the need for more places to stay in the area.

However, objectors quoted an increase in activity at the site may disturb the local wildlife and highway issues.

The planning application has been recommended for approval subject to conditions including no rebuilding, only converting the old building, no external lighting to be installed and that the holiday let to have standard short let holiday let restrictions.

The Peak District planning committee are expected to rule on the proposal at this months planning meeting.

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