RIBA have announced changes to the permitted development rights when converting a barn into homes. New permitted development rights were introduced in April 2014 allowing conversions of agricultural buildings for flexible business uses, educational uses and residential uses. After only one in three applications being successful last year rural landowners have been calling for change on the permitted development rights.

The changes have outlined what is meant by ‘impractical or undesirable’ in the change to residential use. Also the updated guidance states that ‘ a location where the local planning authority would not normally grant planning permission for a new dwelling is not a sufficient reason for refusing prior approval’.

PARKdesigned have completed many schemes under the new permitted development rights including a house extension in Headingley.

For our barn case study please click here

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For more information on the permitted development rights please click here

James Park