Barn Conversions Permitted Development Rights
Barn conversions may increase rural housing under new planning reforms.
In August 2013, we wrote about Planning Minister, Nick Boles’ proposals to reform the planning system to allow landowners to “make better use of redundant or under-used agricultural buildings” through changes to permitted development rights, which may see a rise in barn conversions in the south west.
In a recent ministerial statement, the Planning Minister confirmed the changes to Planning Guidance which will now grant landowners the opportunity to develop up to 450 square metres of agricultural buildings on a farm into a maximum of three houses.
The intention of the planning changes for agricultural buildings, is “to increase rural housing without building on the countryside” and may increase the prospect of bringing back into use redundant barns and agricultural buildings.
Cornwall Architects, The Bazeley Partnership have considerable experience in designing and developing barn conversions, including recent renovations of a redundant Grade II* Medieval Tithe Barn to create a new family home in Bude, and the conversion of six dilapidated agricultural buildings near Bodmin to provide local people with much needed housing.
The Permitted Development Rights changes may not come into effect for buildings within national parks or areas of outstanding natural beauty, but local authorities are being asked to “take a positive and proactive approach to sustainable development.” Mr Boles’ also highlighted that flooding issues will need to be addressed as part of the new processes; a particular area of concern for the South West after the recent storms and winter floods.
The changes to Permitted Development Rights may increase barn conversions in Cornwall and Devon, where redundant agricultural buildings may present a good opportunity for property development and housing.
If you are considering converting an agricultural building in light of the planning changes, please contact our Architects for experienced and qualified advice.