JMI Planning helped our client gain planning permission for the conversion of the former engine shed building to two holiday units with a communal gym.
The building was formerly used as an engine shed for locomotives transporting iron ore from one of the many quarries located in the area. The building was therefore a long standing structure in the landscape and we were eager to retain as much of the character as possible.
The development was not without its challenges being an old standing building in a rural location which had been under-used for some time. We appointed Landscape Science Consultancy and AJS Structural Design to undertake suveys to assess potential constraints.
The Ecological Assessment confirmed that there were no protected species or nesting birds using the building, however an existing badger set on the neighbouring field meant a subsequent Badger Survey was undertaken and mitigation measures proposed to ensure the development would not cause harm to this species.
The Structural Engineers confirmed the building required localised repairs and reroofing to allow the conversion to take place.