PLANS to demolish a dilapidated farmhouse in green belt and replace it with a new dwelling have been thrown out by planning chiefs at Warrington.
The scheme, put forward by Colette Gonzalez, involved Benefice Farm, in Mill House Lane, Croft.
It was supported by two near neighbours who said it would be good to see the old house brought back into use and would improve the appearance of Mill House Lane.
But Warrington Borough Council planners said the new house would be materially larger than the one it would replace and would have a detrimental impact on the openness of the Green Belt. It represented inappropriate development in the Green Belt unless a case for very special circumstances could be made. No such case had been put forward.
Planners were told the farm had been the family home of the applicant’s grandparents and she had fond memories of staying there during summer holidays when helping on the farm. The family had lived and farmed in the area for about 100 years.
But it had become dilapidated and was not habitable and it would not be economically viable to repair it. The applicant wished to return the farmhouse to a family home.