Approval of conversion of former Bosham farm buildings

The bid for the dairy and calf barn buildings at Taylors Lane was approved at a planning committee meeting on Wednesday August 10.

The buildings, which were built in the 1940s, will each be adapted to provide accommodation and workspaces.

The work element will be limited to areas such as financial services, professional services, office work, product or process research and development, and industrial processes.

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The council received objections from Bosham Parish Council and Chichester Port Conservancy, with concerns over sewage disposal and the site being in an Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty.

But the officers recommended the request be approved, and most of the committee members agreed.

Sarah Sharp (Green, Chichester South) was enthusiastic about converting old buildings rather than starting from scratch, describing the environmental and green benefits of such a move.

Roy Briscoe (Con, Westbourne) said: “The buildings are there, they’re unused and haven’t been used for about ten years.

“It makes perfect sense to me that these will be reassigned to the living/working units.

“I think there is a need for this in the region. I don’t know if it’s the most sustainable place… but as workspace units I think it’s a good use of resources.

Their point of view was by no means shared by all.

Graeme Barrett (Con, The Witterings) said there was a ‘serious problem’ with a residential conversion in the Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty.

And David Rodgers (Lib Dem, Harbor Villages) said ‘this should all be thrown out’, adding: ‘There’s no need for houses in this area – it’s farmland.’

The bid was approved by 10-1 with 1 abstention.

Officers said: ‘The proposal would result in the appropriate and sympathetic reuse of two existing barn buildings, providing mixed living/working uses, contributing to flexible employment options in the district.

“The proposal would result in a high quality development, which would benefit the surrounding protected landscape of the Chichester Harbor AONB.”

Marjorie N. McClure