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Barn plans given nod

A 4,000 acre estate would benefit from the proceeds of a barn conversion, councillors heard.

A 4,000 acre estate would benefit from the proceeds of a barn conversion, councillors heard.

Crewe and Nantwich development control committee agreed to resubmitted plans for the conversion, put forward at Calveley Farm, Long Lane, Alpraham on the Alpraham Estate.

The estate is owned by Leverhulme Estates. plans for the conversion of the buildings to 10 dwellings were withdrawn, according a report.

These would have involved 'significant changes' to the unused, traditional barns which the estate said were unsuitable for modern farming practices.

Revised plans were put in for five dwellings which planning officers said would be much more in keeping.

Parish councillors asked if a piece of land could be acquired to improve a bend in the road as this would help road safety.

Leverhulme Estates told the borough council the 4,000 acres the area are occupied by 15 tenanted farms of varying sizes, most of which are dairy farms.

Recommending the application should be approved, planning officers suggested the location, away from Calveley and the main road, was unsuitable for employment.

Residential development would be the most appropriate use.

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