COUNCILLORS are set to make a decision on plans for a barn conversion to a building in Grappenhall.

An application for the work at The Cottage, on Bellhouse Lane, will come before the development management committee at its meeting on Wednesday.

According to a report to the committee, the application site is a part single/part two storey brick construction barn/workshop within the curtilage of a mid-19th century Grade II listed building known as The Cottage.

“The application site is curtilage listed and situated in an established primarily residential area just to the north and outside of the Grappenhall Village Conservation Area,” it adds.

“Planning permission is sought to convert the barn into a one bedroomed dwelling providing accommodation over two floors.

“To the ground floor it is proposed to create a kitchen and WC from the single storey elements and to the one and a half storey part, create a dining/hallway, staircase and a separate living room with the addition of a new window and patio doors, the existing ceiling would be removed to reveal a vaulted roof with two proposed skylights to each external roof plane and one to the rear roof plane adjacent to the blank elevation of the community centre. To the first floor it is proposed to create one double bedroom with ensuite.”

The committee will also make a decision on an application for listed building consent for the work at the site.

A report to the committee says: “The barn is within the curtilage of The Cottage and is curtilage listed.

“The law provides that buildings and other structures that pre-date July 1948 and are within the curtilage of a listed building are to be treated as part of the listed building.

“The principle Victorian cottage and barn each continue to be used for purposes subordinate to and dependent on the domestic use of the listed house and have been in such use since before the date of listing in 1984.

“The barn is therefore within the curtilage of the principal listed building and is to be treated as part of the listed building.”

The applications are being recommended for approval subject to conditions, with delegated authority given to the development manager to ‘make non-material changes to planning conditions and reasons as may be necessary prior to the issue of the decision’.