Planning secured to convert historic barns to residential

Published May 10th, 2017

Whilst the permitted development rights for the conversion of agricultural buildings to residential under Class Q have opened up conversion opportunities for many, sometimes the traditional planning application route is more appropriate and gives greater flexibility on the conversion proposals.

Berrys has secured for private clients the conversion of unlisted traditional stone barns to a four bedroom dwelling which includes a glazed extension that would not have been achievable under the Class Q permitted development regulations.

Val Coleby, Planning Consultant at Berrys’ Kettering Office, secured the consent arguing that the extension of the traditional barns was necessary for an effective conversion to a residential use.

Barn conversion to residential

“The reuse of the barns would then preserve the buildings as historic assets for future generations to enjoy,” Val said.

The barns are located outside the settlement boundary and within the open countryside.

For more details contact Val Coleby at the Kettering office of Berrys on 01536 532388, email

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More about Val Coleby

BSc(Hons) Dip TP Dip LM MRTPI
Planning Consultant
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.