From barn to brewery in AONB

Obtaining full planning permission and planning committee lobbying
JWPC successfully secured planning permission for a microbrewery within an agricultural building in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 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 of 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.

JWPC successfully lobbied members of the Planning Committee to ensure they understood the types of other uses that could take place at the barn without the need for planning permission, and indeed the level of activity that can be associated with agricultural buildings generally.

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.

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