AN award-winning home has been given permission to expand.
Robert Lutener had taken the run-down Kirk Cliffe in Ripponden and renovated the farmhouse.
His efforts won him an award for transforming the derelict farm.
This week he went before Calderdale councillors to ask for permission for a detached three bay car port, garage and store on the Stoney Lane property.
Council officers had recommended the application be refused as it is in greenbelt land. But councillors went against officers’ advice.
Clr Ann Martin, Brighouse ward and planning committee member, said: "There are blue sheds there at the moment, surely this is a better option."
Clr David Hardy, Elland ward and planning committee member, added: "This is going to be on greenbelt land but I think there are special circumstances which means we allow this.
"The current house isn’t as big as it once was, there is volume left over from the original floorspace of the house."
Councillors voted to approve the application but asked for a condition that the building should not be used as a dwelling in the future.