We recently obtained planning consent for the conversion of a modern farm building to a dwelling.
We have obtained permission for a barn conversion under Class Q permitted development rights. In November 2016 a judgement was handed down from the High court in which the high court judge held that there is a conceptual difference between a “rebuild” and a “conversion” and that the concept of “conversion” introduces a discrete threshold. We have discussed the implications of this decision in our December edition which can be viewed here http://www.planningdesign.co.uk/posts/conversion-of-rural-buildings-under-class-q-/. Since the decision, Councils across the country have wrestled with what constitutes conversion as opposed to ‘fresh build’ and this uncertainty lead to several applications being refused. Some of which were taken to appeal where an independent inspector gave a considered view of whether or not the development of the barn constitutes conversion.
Following these appeal decisions the Council now have a clearer view of what building work is acceptable under Class Q permitted development rights, whilst there is still debate over what constitutes conversion and fresh build the success at Longrose Barn represents a positive move forward for the conversion of modern agricultural buildings into dwellings.
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