Thinking of converted your redundant barn to a dwelling under permitted development rights? Well, the ability to do so may not apply to you - as I have had to tell many clients as indicated in the House of Commons debate on 24 February 2014 where Nick Boles made it clear that he would think hard about the appropriateness of this measure in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is a clear hint that PD rights for barn conversions (and the conversion of other agricultural buildings) to residential use could well be excluded in such ares as well as in rural Conservation Areas and other sites covered by Article 1(5) of the GPDO. Be patient and wait ..
A ground breaking decision last July to extend a small dwelling, designed by Murphy Associates, in the rural area of above the 100m2 gross floor area when members overturned a recommendation for refusal despite it being considered contrary to Policy H13.
A revised scheme for a larger extension was presented to members with a recommendation for approval - unanimously supported and permission granted. Two very happy clients who now get a more spacious home!
Ancillary use of an outbuilding - well pig sty stalls and all - for residential purposes - did not require planning permission but the alterations did as 'permitted development' rights under Class E were removed conditions attached to a previous permission.
With the right approach to maintaining the agri-industrial character of the building, the clients can now benefit from a bespoke design and contemporary ancillary residential space.