Permitted rights for barn conversions


It is a year since the Town and Country (General Permitted Development) Order came into force. This gave the right to convert agricultural buildings for residential or business use, in certain circumstances. The critical date to be aware of is March 10th 2013, before which the building must have been used for agriculture, and even if redundant, must not have had another use in the intervening period.

It has been found at appeal that ‘structurally sound’ can apply to just the frame so it is always worth asking the question. Only three dwellings per farm may be applied for and up to a maximum of 450m2 in total.

There is much to consider with rural buildings that were once considered outside the scope of development. Costs of conversion and the effect on your tax position for any given development should be carefully considered.