Barn Conversions in Somerset: How Much Do You Think You Know about it?

Introducing the saga of barn conversion in the UK:

Do you know what the current rage is? Well, it’s ‘living in a converted barn.’ But wait, this is not a new thing. The concept has been in the country since the 70s and 80s. However, responsible changes were a fry cry. There was much of illogical paving and objectionable constructions.

And then, the frenzied relocation of people from urban areas to the rustic soil had also resulted in huge loss to the country’s rural heritage. The good news is, the concept has come of age now.

The local authorities have laid down strict guidelines regarding what can be done with the construction and what should be avoided. How many of these rules are you aware of?

Let’s come to the Barn conversions types first.

Barn conversions Somerset can be of three types:

Box Construction — these constructions will feature four walls to provide support to the entire structure.

Crook Framed — the walls and roof of the construction will be supported by internal timber frames.

Post and Truss — Internal timber frames will support the entire roof along with vertical posts.

Also, the reason for the conversion will determine the form and function. For instance, the constructions meant for agricultural purposes should have high doors. Windows, however, may not be a criterion for these structures.

But, if the construction is for residential purpose, it will have optimum sized doors and windows. Also, these buildings can be made of stone, flint, clay, oak, pine, timber, and weatherboarding.

Do you need a permission to convert the structure?

There have been amendments to the PD (Permitted Development) Rights in April, 2014. Accordingly, a person can now transform an agricultural construction into a home without having to apply for a permit from the local authority.

By dint of these amendments subtle extensions to an existing barn can now be carried out along with outbuildings and loft conversion. This change has been facilitated in order to encourage the quick building of homes.

Take a quick look at the government’s recent decisions on the applications for barn conversions:

What are the criteria for exemption from the permit?

A permit may be required if the building is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), or if it has been listed, or if it has been built on an agricultural unit like a farm or garden. In case the construction is free from these grey areas, it can be transformed without having to worry about the planning permission.

Also, if the construction is under permitted development, you will need to notify the local authority before commencing work on it. The latter will check the aspects like highway safety, transportation feasibility, noise impact, flood hazards, and contamination before permitting work.

What the farmers need to know about the process:

If you are a farmer, and if you are about to change this agricultural construction, then you must know that a new barn constructed within ten years after 2014, will not be considered permitted development. Such constructions will require planning permission as per the law.

‘Living in a barn’ is a way of living a simple, rustic life. It’s a dream many in the UK weave. Are you nurturing one as well? Do you want to fulfil it? Get hold of a reliable building firm right now.