Agricultural to Residential Conversion Under Prior Approval Procedure, Berkshire

Bell Cornwell have been involved in many prior approval schemes for conversion of offices to residential and has been increasingly involved with prior approval schemes for conversion of agricultural barns and warehouses to dwellings.  The gaining of prior approval confirms that the conversions can take place without the need for planning permission.

The conversion of an agricultural barn to residential accommodation is permitted under Class Q (a), Part 3, Schedule 2 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015. Because of this provision, the policies in a development plan cannot be taken into consideration.  A prior approval application is required to be submitted to the Local Authority, providing details on a number of criteria which need to be assessed which are as follows:

  • Transport and highways impacts of the development
  • Noise impacts of the development
  • Contamination risks on the site
  • Flooding risks on the site
  • whether the location or siting of the building is sustainable
  • the design or external appearance of the building

In addition, a structural report is often required to demonstrate that the barn can be converted rather than requiring rebuilding.

We have extensive experience in preparing supporting statements which address the above tests and coordinate any required reports from other consultants.

Our most recent success in gaining prior approval was for the conversion of a modern agricultural barn to a dwelling at Beech Hill, Berkshire. We undertook an initial site appraisal to assess whether the barn was suitable for residential conversion and were able to provide sufficient detail and information on the above criteria to satisfy the Local Planning Authority who granted prior approval for the barn to be converted to a dwelling.

There are many caveats with this type of application and we would recommend making contact with one of our experienced planners who would be able to assist.

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West Berkshire
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