Fears over planning change

The Peak District National Park Authority is appealing for exemption from Government proposals to allow farm buildings to be converted to housing, schools or nurseries without planning permission.

The government is consulting planning authorities across England on its proposals to allow the conversion or demolition of farm buildings to create up to three houses or a state school or nursery without planning permission.

Authority chair Tony Favell said: “Traditional farm buildings are an integral part of the landscape and heritage which we and other national park authorities were set-up to conserve. These proposals would seriously undermine one of our main statutory purposes and diminish local control of the management of national parks.”