Under Class q permitted development rights, the conversion of non-standard construction barn can be converted into a dwelling(s) without the need for planning permission. Similar to the permitted development rights for an extensions to your own home; these rights permit these metal frame/industrial looking barns to be converted into dwellings…as long as a number of conditions are met. For instance the restrictions say the building must be structurally sound and therefore able to be converted, rather than merely knocking it down a re-building. The footprint of the building must not exceed the existing footprint and the height/eaves cannot be raised.
There are a great many of these barns that could potentially be converted into 1,2 or 3 dwellings, but each Local Authority interprets the legislation differently. This means it is key to liaise with the planning authority at the earliest opportunity to determine their take on legislation.
These large open plan barns do offer the opportunity to create a contemporary design , incorporating a large amount of glazing and the opportunity to create adhoc floor plans.