Barn Conversions & Rural Development


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With the relaxing of government restrictions regarding the development of agricultural buildings, barn conversions are becoming even more popular. These large, unused farm structures located in beautiful countryside, are ideal for creating your perfect home. If tackled in the right way, these conversions result in a living space full of charm and character. By retaining original features such as brickwork and timber, and blending them with modern design your barn conversion will look spectacular. You could be lucky enough to have a stunning view from your property also.

There are websites online where you can search for derelict barns, ready for conversion in your chosen area. It isn’t a particularly cheap project, but well worth it, when you see the outcome. You need to ensure that you hire the correct architect, and one with the right experience. This means that they have already carried out barn conversions and are aware of any possible pitfalls. You also need a reputable construction company who have a good success rate where barn conversions are concerned.

The new rules have eased up laws, so that there is more flexibility in the process, as in the past, only three new homes could be produced per conversion. These properties could have a combined floor space of up to 450 square metres. However since 2018, conversions can comprise of three larger buildings covering up to 465 square metres. Alternatively they can be transformed into five smaller properties, each up to 100 square metres but also staying within the 465 square metres.

These conversions generally would not require planning permission, which made some experts think that there would be a mass take up in conversion activity. Others believed that many will have already taken advantage of the permitted development which began four years ago. The changes will probably positively influence those considering a barn conversion, once they reassess their finances.

Anybody weighing up their options regarding barn conversion, should seek the advice of professional rural property advisers such as Land Partners, based in Essex. This team have an in depth knowledge of, and are able to help with all aspects of rural property management. Give them a call on 01376328297.

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