Barn conversion project gets the go-ahead

Published February 14th, 2017

Kettering Borough Council has given the go-ahead to convert an agricultural barn between Dingley and Market Harborough into a residential dwelling.

The consent was granted under Class Q of the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) which permits the change of use of a building and any land within its curtilage from use as an agricultural building to a dwelling house.

The application was presented to the council by planning consultant Samantha Hammonds at Berrys who provided a structural investigation and report to justify that the works fell within the scope of Class Q and was not caught out by the recent High Court ruling that has narrowed the scope of physical works that can be allowed by such applications.

“In considering the application the officers at Kettering Borough Council were mindful of the recent High Court ruling about the installation of new walls being beyond the scope of what Class Q allows,” explained Samantha.

“However they concluded that this one, with block walls for the lower portion and corrugated sheeting to the upper parts of the elevation, would fall within class Q.  Even the proposed replacement of the corrugated sheeting with thermally insulated sheeting was found to be acceptable as the external appearance would be similar to the existing.

“Successfully getting consent for the conversion under Class Q means that full planning permission will not be needed, saving time and expense for our client,” Samantha said.

The barn can convert to residential under permitted development rights

The barn sits within a cluster of agricultural buildings alongside two residential dwellings in a farm setting and is currently used for housing livestock, farm equipment and hay bales.

The Class Q consent permits conversion of the barn into a substantial family dwelling with the replacement of the exterior cladding considered necessary to provide thermal efficiency.

“The barn had outgrown its use as an agricultural building and will now be able to provide much needed residential accommodation in the area without distracting visually from the rural setting,” Samantha added.

For more information or help with a planning issue contact Samantha Hammonds at the Kettering office of Berrys on 01536 532387, email






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More about Samantha Hammonds

Planning Consultant
Tel: 01536 532387
Mobile: 07766 365984

Samantha has extensive experience in all aspects of development management including: pre-application consultations; permitted development advice; formal applications for planning permission, prior notification and listed building consent; and planning appeals by both written representation and as expert witness at public inquiry.

In addition to residential proposals of all scales up to 450 dwellings, Samantha has been involved in some interesting commercial proposals such as car testing facilities, animal breeding centres, rural education and visitor centre, peak power generation plant, solar farms, fishing lodges and holiday lets.  Changes of use of agricultural and commercial buildings under permitted development are a growing work area.