BARN PLAN: Access to the proposed barn conversion would be from the main A67
BARN PLAN: Access to the proposed barn conversion would be from the main A67

PLANS to turn a disused agricultural barn on the edge of a dale village into a three-bedroom house have been put forward by the Durham Diocesan Board of Finance.
Two years ago, permission was granted to convert a two-storey barn, situated in a field at the east end of Winston, into a home, despite concerns from local residents and parish council regarding access onto the A67.
Now owners, the Durham Diocesan Board of Finance, have submitted a new application to Durham County Council to turn the disused barn into a three-bedroom house.
In a design access statement, Jennifer Longstaff, from Savills (UK) Ltd, on behalf of the Durham Diocesan Board of Finance, said: “The barn is currently unused and is in a state of disrepair.
“Given the location of the building and the land in which it sits, the conversion into a single dwelling would greatly enhance the appearance, be in keeping with surrounding buildings and give use back to the building and land. The building is current state is open, exposed to the elements.”
The scheme aims to maintain the form and character of the barn which was used for storing hay.
The north face of the barn does face two neighbouring properties.
Mrs Longstaff added: “The proposals include blocking up the existing window opening to the north elevation which faces the neighbouring properties to ease any potential privacy concerns and all other alterations have been carefully considered in the spirit of the existing aesthetics of the building.”
Access to will be via an existing drive off the A67, which would be resurfaced and include a private in-curtilage parking.
The plans also provide three parking spaces.