From barn to brewery in AONB
Ironically, to change the whole building to a microbrewery (under Class B1 of the Use Classes Order) would have been allowed as ‘permitted development’, under which some changes can take place without planning permission.
However, because the applicants only wished to use part of the building for brewing, retaining the rest for agricultural use, full planning permission was required. They intended to continue to manage the adjacent farmland and re-use the by-products from the brewing process to feed stock. Despite being aware of the fall-back position and a prior approval, officers recommended refusal on the basis that it was an unsustainable location.
Planning permission was granted for the development, and the brewery now provides its products to a number of public houses familiar to JWPC staff, which we believe is a happy ending.