Can I Convert My Barn into a Dwelling?
Most barn conversions come under permitted development legislation, (specifically Class Q of The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015) in England, so in principle the answer is yes. A full planning application is therefore not normally required, removing one of the biggest obstacles normally encountered in building development.
Class Q is designed to speed up the planning process so that more building, particularly older ones sitting idle, can be brought into domestic use.
Permitted Development – Agricultural Buildings
The legislation allows for physical changes to buildings but not extensions. This includes installation (or replacement) of windows, doors, roof or exterior walls and services. There are further limitations such as the size of the space to be converted, the level of building works required, the location, and the lawful use of the building.
You will therefore need a Prior Approval Application to ensure that the PLA accepts your proposal. This is where all conversions including windows, doors & services can be approved. This process should normally take no longer than 2 months.