Staycation Opportunities – Do You Have Any Suitable Barns for Holiday Accommodation?

Published May 14th, 2020

The British countryside has so much to offer and many plan to discover more of it, whatever the time of year and as soon as lockdown ends. Could the worry of boarding a plane mean that staycations become the new normal?

So why not take a look at that old barn (or even that quite new barn) and see if it’s worth converting into holiday accommodation. It could provide a new income stream and might even qualify for a grant.

Of course you will need planning consent and most grants are subject to a consent being in place. Generally Local Planning Authorities are supportive of conversions that encourage the rural tourism industry, as it can bring more money into the local economy.

One major consideration in barn conversions is ecology and particularly bats. June is the start of the bat survey season so if you are considering conversion you will need to undertake these surveys soon or you will have to wait until next year and potentially be behind the curve.

At Berrys we have helped a number of clients realise the opportunities that their buildings present with planning services, architectural drawings, grant funding applications, building regulations approval and project management through to the finished article.

For a no-obligation initial planning discussion, give us a call and be ready for the new normal!

Val Coleby Planning Manager Kettering – 01536 532388 email

Nick Williams Planning Manager Shrewsbury – 01743 267061 email

Graham Clark Senior Planning Consultant Hereford – 01432 809833 email

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More about Val Coleby

BSc(Hons) Dip TP Dip LM MRTPI
Planning Manager
Tel: 01536 532388
Mobile: 07714 311490

Val has over 25 years’ planning experience in both the public and private sectors giving her a well-rounded professional career. She qualified as a Chartered Town Planner in 1987 and has qualifications in both planning and management.

Val has extensive knowledge of the planning system including development control, heritage and conservation and planning policy development. She has prepared and coordinated numerous planning applications both large and small managing multi-disciplinary teams. Val has acted for a number of local authorities and private clients as an expert planning witness in planning appeals. She also has a good understanding and working knowledge of the Community Infrastructure Levy and its progress of implementation across the country, rural planning issues and farm diversification opportunities. Having been closely involved in the development of planning policy in the public sector gives her an insight into unravelling policy for her private client interests.