Government plans to boost barn conversions
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government, Development, Regulation
The government has launched a major consultation aimed at making it easier to convert redundant agricultural property into new homes.
Proposals are afoot to create new ‘permitted development rights’ which will allow barn owners to change the use of such buildings and convert them to residential units without full planning permission.
The consultation also proposes to introduce similar planning regulations for the conversion of shops into homes as part of - a plan that has been slammed by Camden Council.
Saskia Arthur, partner in the residential and estates team at law firm Boodle Hatfield, said: “This consultation was first hinted at earlier in the year and its proposals are most welcome. The demand for attractive rural housing is high and this will give owners of empty or redundant property a great opportunity to breathe new life into their buildings.
“Barn and agricultural conversions are always sought after and often command a premium, yet it can be very difficult to secure planning permission for change of use. Rural and agricultural estates will welcome these proposals.”