Berrys gains consent for conversion of modern barn into residential use
Published November 29th, 2016
Plans to convert a modern agricultural building into residential accommodation have been given the go ahead by Powys County Council following an application by planning consultants at Berrys.
In an unusual planning decision, the application to convert the steel portal farm building at Four Crosses was allowed after planning consultant Mike Lloyd of Berrys put forward the benefits of bringing the underutilised 1980s building back to life.
If the barn had been a few miles over the border, in England, the building conversion may have been allowed under Permitted Development Orders, without the need for full planning permission. But in Wales, although older farm building can be converted, the current regulations are not as flexible when it comes to the conversion of modern agricultural buildings.
“We were able to prove to the planners that the building met certain criteria including that it had been used for the purpose of its original construction (agriculture), was structurally sound and capable of conversion and would retain and enhance the character of the local area,” Mike explained.
Whilst the original planning application was refused, Berrys was brought in at a later stage to appeal the decision.
The planning proposal creates a live/work unit, part of which is used for the applicant’s business GF-Force Agricultural Services, which specialises in cleaning and fumigation of agricultural buildings such as poultry units and milking parlours.
“We maintained that the conversion was not detrimental to the character and appearance of the building or landscape and pointed out Powys Unitary Development Plan identifies that the “re-use of modern agricultural or industrial buildings for residential use” may be supported,” said Mike.
“The proposal also had the support of neighbours, would make an immediate contribution to meeting Powys’ Five Year Housing Land Supply and enabled the building to be upgraded, supporting an important rural business.
“Whilst Powys planning policy enables the conversion of modern agricultural buildings, this principle has not been tested to any significant extent. At present the building is underutilised and this application will lead to the refurbishment of this asset and provide a valuable alternative use,” Mike said.
“Work will shortly commence on the building which will allow the applicant and business owner to consolidate their home and business operations thus safeguarding local jobs and allowing the potential to recruit further employees from the vicinity,” he added.
For more details contact Mike Lloyd, planning consultant at Berrys on 01938 530150 email firstname.lastname@example.org