Clare Nash Architecture has just received planning permission for a barn conversion in the open countryside.  

The owners run a successful and rapidly expanding garden design, landscaping, maintenance and tree surgery business which has outgrown the space currently available to them. They were looking to expand to create a new home, workshop and wildlife garden. They came to Clare Nash Architecture with a barn ready for conversion but requiring help to negotiate the planning process for a farm building conversion. Clare Nash Architecture is currently working with them on preparing a building control application. This project is a sympathetic barn conversion into a two bedroom dwelling incorporating an office. A new timber workshop building is also proposed on the site as well as significant landscaping and planting. The barn conversion will be a super insulated green conversion using local and natural materials, mostly self built by it’s owners.

Clare Nash Architecture came highly recommended to help us with our barn conversion project.

We had no idea where to start, but after the first meeting with Clare, it became clear that she would be the architect to help us. Her knowledge of the planning process, barns, traditional building materials and renewable energy, to name but a few, is very impressive which put our minds at rest.

The planning application that Clare has compiled for us is more than we could have hoped for; the drawings, graphics and artwork are fantastic and really make the application stand out. We are delighted!

We would not hesitate to recommend Clare Nash Architecture to anyone wishing for a helpful, friendly and professional service.

Farm Building Conversion and National Planning Policy Framework

The proposal would ensure a redundant building is brought back in to use where a housing need exists (para 51 NPPF). Though the buildings are set in open countryside in planning terms, these buildings are redundant and falling into disrepair. In accordance with para 55 NPPF the proposal would lead to the enhancement of the immediate setting and re-use a redundant building.

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Also have a look at my related blog posts and links:

Barn Conversion and New PD rights – a guide

A really helpful Q & A from Farmers Guardian on farm building conversions and PD rights

The Government Legislation website relating to permitted development for change of use of buildings to dwelling houses