Bid to convert farm steading to create housing

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An application has been submitted to the county council to create nine homes by converting and altering buildings at West Chevington Farm.

The scheme, by Harworth Estates (Investments) Ltd, would also see dilapidated modern buildings at the steading demolished as well as the creation of new garaging and a sewage-treatment plant.

The development would feature four three-bedroom bungalows, one two-bedroom, two three-bedroom and two four-bedroom properties, all two-storey. The agricultural land around the steading and cottages was used for the Maidens Hall opencast mine, which has now been restored.

A report on behalf of the applicant states: ‘The traditional steading, together with adjacent cottages and principal farmhouse, owned by the applicant, were unaltered during the opencast operation, with assured shorthold tenants occupying the existing dwellings and the buildings becoming, to a large extent, redundant. There has been occasional occupancy on an adhoc basis by nearby smallholders, but conditions for this are not ideal in terms of modern welfare standards and this has only been in intermittent use’.