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They had to re-apply for planning permission, but this was rejected.
Instead, they were told they could complete the project only for use as a holiday let to encourage tourism.
When Jonathan and Emma Jones spent £100,000 converting an old barn, they thought they had created the perfect countryside home for their family.
Their dreams were shattered when they were banned from living in it by the local council.
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A council spokesman said: 'While Mr Jones was working on the original building at some point - for whatever reason - he demolished part of the existing barn and built a replica of it.
'At that point we could not consider any new application as a conversion because this was now treated as a new property.' Council planning chief Geoff White said: 'The site is in the open countryside where there are strict policies controlling development.
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'Would it be a young family born and bred in the area who work locally or strangers from outside the area?
' The couple's dreams were scuppered by planners at Neath Port Talbot Council.
But the couple were told they could still rent it out to holidaymakers - because it would 'diversify the rural economy and support the tourist industry'.
Their home in the picturesque village of Rhos, near Neath in South Wales, was classed as a new build rather than a barn conversion after structural problems required extensive rebuilding work.