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Converting rural buildings to homes



Converting rural buildings to homes



Changes to permitted development recently announced by the Housing Minister are very good news for anyone who wants to convert agricultural and industrial buildings into residential property.


Previously, farmers and landowners were limited in the number of homes they could create from an agricultural building to three dwellings with a total floor space of 450 sq.m.


The new rules will allow:


  • An increase to the size of agricultural buildings from 465 sq m to 1,000 sq m

  • Conversion of an agricultural building to up to three larger homes with a maximum gross internal area of 465 square metres each or;

  • Up to five smaller homes each no larger than 100 square metres or;

  • A mix of both, within a total of no more than five homes, of which no more than three may be larger homes.


These changes offer a more simple approach to people looking to unlock the potential of their agricultural and industrial buildings for residential use, as they won’t require detailed planning permission. It also offers more diverse choice when it comes to a conversion given the new footprints that will be allowed.


However, this is still classed as temporary legislation to the permitted rights, with a one-year extension in force until June 10 2019.


At Base we specialise in the creative adaptation of existing buildings to provide living solutions for today and the future. Our projects at Bytake Farm and Berrington Barn in Shropshire are just two examples of former agricultural buildings that have been converted into luxurious homes.


Get in touch if you want to talk about how we can breathe new life into your old buildings!

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