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Case Study - Rural worker's dwelling

Case Study - Rural worker's dwelling

Rural worker's dwelling

JWPC has helped secure the future of a long-established rural business by securing consent for much-needed staff accommodation.

Planning permission has been granted for a three-bedroom rural worker's dwelling at a trout farm in Dunsop Bridge, in the heart of the Forest Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The farm's location meant JWPC had to carefully balance the client's functional needs with the restrictions of AONB national and local planning policies.

The trout farm, established almost 100 years ago, has grown significantly in the past decade and now needs 24-hour staff cover for animal welfare. Following pre-application discussions with the local planning authority, JWPC presented a strong case for the need to accommodate a full-time worker on-site. Supporting documents focused on the nature of the business, animal welfare, security and financial viability.

JWPC also worked closely with the project architects to ensure the building design both harmonised with its beautiful setting and provided what the trout farm needed in terms of accommodation and office space. The findings of a Flood Risk Assessment were included with the plans to show that the new building was resilient to flooding from a nearby brook which services the trout farm.

By liaising closely with the local planning authority, JWPC was able to successfully deal with queries that arose while the application was under consideration. The plans were approved without further pre-commencement conditions, meaning the business owners can build the new home as early as possible.

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