COUNCILLORS overruled an officers’ recommendation and gave the thumbs-up to a barn restoration.
An application to turn a deteriorating barn at Langford Farm, in Lavant, into a home, was recommended for refusal by planners, who said they considered the building to be a heritage asset.
The South Downs National Park Authority was not satisfied there was sufficient evidence to demonstrate an essential need for a rural worker to live on the site, as was proposed.
However, councillors disagreed, saying it was a good use for the building, which was falling into disrepair and was no longer an asset to the farm in its current state.
Cllr Martyn Bell supported the plan.
“This could be superb,” he said. “It’s not going to impact on neighbours. I think this will be a superb development.”
Some councillors questioned the expense of the project, but Cllr John Ridd said: “Nobody’s going to spend hundreds and thousands of pounds without knowing they will get their money back.”
Councillors overturned the officers’ recommendation and voted in favour of the scheme.
A rough list of conditions was drawn up at the meeting to go with the permission, as none were made by officers prior to the meeting, merely a list of reasons detailing why they felt the application should be refused.