Converting a barn can be a rewarding way to re-imagine a redundant agricultural building
For the last few decades, converting a barn or redundant outbuilding has been one of the most popular ways of creating new homes in the countryside.
Kent & East Sussex is no exception to this trend, with a wide variety of conversions including some magnificent timber framed buildings. So, if you are the owner of the barn, how do you go about applying for permission to convert it?
You will almost certainly require planning permission, as conversion of a barn represents a ‘change of use’. Your barn may be curtilage listed (within the vicinity of a listed building) or listed in its own right, if either is the case, you will also require listed building consent. Conservation area consent will be required if your building is within a conservation area.
Gaining permission to convert a barn will depend on a number of factors. Some barns will not be considered to be significant enough to merit conversion or they are still suitable for their existing use.
Your barn may be considered to be too close to another property or the restrictions of the site may exclude the creation of a separate dwelling, in this there may still be scope to convert to a holiday let or as additional accommodation to a dwelling house.
It is important to present a good scheme to the local authority, with a well thought out design which respects the original building and is to a required level of detail to demonstrate the methodology of repair and restoration as well as conversion.
For more information on the construction phase of a barn conversion read more on barn conversions in Kent, East Sussex and Surrey.
VH Architecture has extensive experience in preparing drawings and documentation for applications to convert barns and outbuildings. Call 01233 861177 or email us to discuss your project.
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