MKA recently represented a private client at the Causeway Coast and Glens Planning Committee meeting in February. The development had been recommended for refusal prior to the committee meeting, however MKA Planning was able to successfully turn this around and gain planning permission for the dwelling.
In regards to this barn conversion MKA Planning were able to argue the importance of this historic building and it’s local importance as we were able to source maps illustrating that the original farm cluster dated back to the 1700’s. We also picked up that part of the building was identified on Griffith’s Valuation of 1847 which was the first full scale valuation of property in Ireland.
The building was therefore more than 150 years old and all the other existing vernacular farm buildings at this farm cluster have been lost to modern farm buildings apart from this vernacular outbuilding making its retention all the more important.
This farm cluster was the only substantial building cluster within the townland of Craigtown More in 1832 and this gives the building a local and historic importance which continues to this day. The 1832 settlement with its farm yard building cluster, long farm lane and surrounding field pattern is still evident in the modern day landscape of 2017.
It represents a valuable historic resource as the various traditional building styles and materials reflecting different periods within its history have been retained and would be reused within the converted structure.
The building is representative of the local building tradition and its importance is enhanced in that the rate of loss of vernacular outbuildings is greater than that of vernacular dwellings because of the modern requirements of modern husbandry.
If you have an application that has been recommend for refusal and is scheduled for a committee meeting, contact the MKA Team to discuss your options.