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Appeal: Lake District barn conversion allowed over access and safety


A barn can be converted into a three-bedroom house in the Lake District after the National Park Authority did not refer to any development policies in its refusal.

LOCATIONDuddon Bridge
AUTHORITYLake District National Park Authority



The appeal to convert a stone barn attached to a cottage at Duddon Bridge pivoted on the effect of proposed access at a bend on the highway safety of users of the A595 – the main southern link between the east and west Lake District and a busy and frequently used road operating at the national speed limit in the location.

Lake District National Park Authority relied upon the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

Inspector Katie McDonald found that highway warning signs in both directions advised of a “double bend” and that the “road narrows on both sides”, as well as a plate stating “oncoming vehicles in middle of road”. Additionally, “SLOW” was painted on the road’s approach from both sides.
While she observed very frequent traffic, including heavy goods vehicles, tractors and other large vehicles, they all slowed considerably when approaching the bend. Vehicles passing the access point travelled slowly and users of the access would satisfactorily be able to see oncoming traffic.
McDonald noted that despite the authority’s assertion the proposal would not create “a demonstrably significant number of additional movements” onto the road, over and above those associated with its former use as a barn. She accepted the appellant’s claim that increased traffic for a single dwelling would typically add one vehicle an hour to the local highway network during the two busiest hours, and would probably generate less than five trips during the whole day.
The inspector found no conflict with the NPPF and allowed the appeal.

The inspector’s report – case reference 3202547 – can be read here.

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