Why choose a barn conversion?

Planning & Class Q Permitted Development Rights.

Why choose a barn conversion?

Why should you convert a barn? The main benefit of converting an existing building like a barn is that you have a structure already in place to work from unlike a new build new project where you would be starting from the beginning. You can convert a barn using the existing structure and elements such as the walls and roof to gain inspiration, possible layout options and create an area that can be personal to you and your needs whilst being spacious, warm and easily filled with natural light. The re-use of the existing building will also save on demolition, disposal and re-build costs and is a more environmentally friendly option as it can significantly reduce embodied CO2 emissions compared to a new build.

Are barn conversions popular?

More and more people are opting to convert a barn, conversions are becoming ever more popular whether for developers to turn a healthy profit or for families to create a home that works for them. Barns are typically in rural locations so not only offer a beautiful dwelling which can be developed with a traditional and contemporary style but a change in lifestyle and country living. Changes in legislation over the last few years have also made it easier to convert a barn. Owners have more freedom with their projects and less red tape. This means that you no longer have to submit a full planning application, this is time consuming and typically the first hurdle in your development journey.

Class Q Permitted Development Rights for Barn Conversions

This is called ‘Class Q’ a form of permitted development, you are able to develop up to a maximum of 5 agricultural dwellings for residential use. This application process is much quicker,  speeds up the planning process and opens up the opportunity to convert a barn or develop a disused agricultural outbuilding. You will need to submit a Prior Approval application to regularise the conversion of your barn to ensure firstly that it is legal and that your local council is accepting of the proposal. As part of this application a structural engineers report will be needed to confirm that the building structure is suitable for conversion. Form provides a Structural Reports Service

This process of prior approval is essential before any works can commence, failure to obtain the correct permissions could create issues for you at a later date. For further details about Prior Approval application and Class Q Permitted Development Rights please follow the helpful links below.

Prior approval for permitted development – Designing Buildings Wiki

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (legislation.gov.uk)

How can Form help?

If you are looking to convert a barn or considering a change of use to an existing building, a structural engineer needs to confirm that the existing structure is capable of supporting the new use and identifying any strengthening works that may be required. Typically, the first step is to complete a visual structural inspection of the property, from there a scope can be developed to support your project through the application and construction stages. Contact Form to discuss your project.

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