THE CONVERSION of a barn in favour of a timber-clad home complete with a “secret door” has been approved, despite local opposition.

A barn associated with Peterley Wood Farm, on Peterley Lane, in Prestwood, will get a new lease of life as a two-storey, four-bedroom property.

Bucks Free Press:

The applicant, Ms Rosemary Hall, won conditional permission to convert the existing structure into a single residential property, featuring an “unusual” semi-internal courtyard, first-floor, main bedroom balcony, and glazing “across all sides” of the building.

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Entrance to the building will be via a “secret door” in the front, leading to the internal courtyard, according to council documents.

There is also provision for timber cladding along the faces of the build and steel panels on the roof.

Bucks Free Press:

A detached, open-sided carport, landscaping and the putting in of hardstanding will also be implemented.

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It is understood the existing barn is being used, in part as ‘a mechanic’s workshop, and in part for storing materials and equipment for a landscaping business,’ according to the report.

However, the industrial use is contested by Great Missenden Parish Council, which opposed the build.

Concerns were also raised about ‘increased traffic’, impact on the ancient Peterley Woods, and loss of agricultural land.

But members voted to approve the application during an East Buckinghamshire Area Planning Committee, on Tuesday, December 15.

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