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Barn conversion planning success

Updated: Sep 5, 2022

We are delighted to have finally gained planning consent for the design of a new dwelling in the North Somerset south of Bristol. The design is for the conversion of a redundent agricultural barn into a new three bedroom dwelling for our client and their young family, which will be built to the highest environmental standards by following passive house principles.

Planning permission in england is normally very difficult to achieve for new dwellings in the countryside. In many cases the the only way to achieve this kind of development is through alteration of an existing building which is suitable for conversion. Agricultural buildings can provide a perfect opportunity for conversion where a robust exisitng structure can provide a framework for new building elements. When considering whether this kind of development is feasible it is important to check whether there are any existing conditions on the site preventing residential conversion, as well as consulting with an enginner for an assessment of the existing structure. It is also important to check the local authoritie's approach to new dwellings in the countryside as well as national policy (National Planning Policy Framework)

The barn conversion will be built to the highest quality finishes and materials which justify the spectaclar site position which has views overlooking Bristol to the north and east. The build will also follow the highest environmental standards where high levels of insulation, controlled ventilation and draft-free construction will produce a very low energy home. We are looking forward to preparing the detailed technical drawings for building regulations, as well as preparing the passive house (PHPP) model for the design.

If you are interested in talking to us about this kind of project then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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