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Appeal: ‘Substantial reconstruction’ clause does not apply to extensions, rules inspector

Agricultural barn / iStock: 691675452

An inspector has approved plans for the infill extension and conversion of various agricultural buildings into a single dwelling in Suffolk, ruling that local policy disallowing ‘substantial reconstruction’ applies only to the original building and does not preclude extensions.

The appeal relates to a rural complex made up of various agricultural buildings in Witnesham, Suffolk, the largest of which would be converted to residential use. This would then be linked to the other buildings through infill extension, creating a single home.Suffolk Coastal District Council originally blocked the proposal, saying it would not accord with the Suffolk Coastal District Local........
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