Planning rule change allows more homes from farm building conversions under permitted development rights – Swedish composite windows are the ideal glazing solution for your farm building or barn conversion project

From April 2014, the planning rules for barn conversions were relaxed to allow them as permitted developments (PD) rather than needing full planning permission (subject to certain caveats). Earlier this year these were then updated to allow for up to five new homes to be created from existing agricultural buildings on a farm rather than the previous maximum of three.

This update is timely considering the current shortage of affordable homes to purchase or rent in rural England. This is likely to boost the number of agricultural conversions, which already run to several hundred new homes a year. The update offers great opportunities to boost communities to make the best use of existing buildings and also help farmers who are looking to diversify or capitalise on empty buildings.

The rules are specific in that they allow for up to five small new homes each no larger than 100 square metres or three larger homes up to 465 square metres, or a mixture of both, still with an overall total of no more than five homes.

If you’re a farmer considering converting your buildings into homes or you’re a homeowner with a dream of owning a barn conversion, Westcoast Windows can offer the ideal low maintenance, high performance composite windows, with timber interior to complement the character of your home.

Although it can seem an enormous task to take on, as often the buildings are in poor condition or close to derelict, it can be incredibly rewarding to feel that you’ve preserved a piece of history and given it a new lease of life. With a sensitive approach to the location, architectural design and construction materials you can ensure the original character is retained whilst creating a comfortable home.

Conversion projects can be more taxing than a new build as you’re working with the existing fabric and layout of the building. A good architect, preferably with experience in agricultural conversions, will guide you through the design process, taking into consideration the features you wish to retain, such as old beams or beautiful stonework, and helping you to maximise the potential of the building. It takes a skilled professional to create the right design and introduce the right choice of new materials to complement the existing features and reward you with an individual, unique property that you can call home.

Creative glazing can enhance a converted building and there is often an opportunity to introduce large windows, sliding doors or bi-fold doors to allow natural light into your farm building or barn conversion, and bring the outside into your home. Composite windows are the perfect solution, offering the best of both worlds – a low maintenance aluminium exterior finished in a colour of your choice, for instance black or grey composite windows often complement black barn cladding, combined with a warm wood interior with a genuine natural feel.

Composite windows are manufactured in bespoke sizes, shapes and configurations to fit your design.

Energy efficiency comes as standard with composite windows, available in double-glazing or triple-glazing, with thermal insulation provided by the latest low emissivity glass coatings to provide whole window value ratings as low as 0.9w/m2k for fixed windows.

The unique bonded aluminium and timber construction of Westcoast Windows Swedish composite window system uses a high density timber inner section bonded to a powder coated aluminium outer section to create a window with maximum lifespan and minimum maintenance. Our Swedish designed and manufactured windows are assembled with sealed units incorporating the latest ‘warm edge’ technology, insulated super spacers and argon gas filling as standard for maximum thermal insulation performance. All our composite windows and doors are SBD (Secured by Design) certified,  which means successful testing to PAS 24:2016 and also regular independent UKAS accredited 3rd Party auditing to ensure consistency of product quality and performance and evidencing compliance with Building Regulations Approved Document Q – Security. Download our SECURITY DATASHEET

Contact our team to discuss how composite windows could be the right glazing solution for your farm building or barn conversion:
info@westcoastwindows.com or call 01359 241944.

Your local authority can offer advice or employ the services of a Planning Consultant or Architect to help you understand your obligations.

For full information about your rights under the Government’s Permitted Development rules visit:
Planning Portal – Permitted Development Rights

There is also helpful information online at:
https://www.self-build.co.uk/15-steps-successful-barn-conversion/
https://www.homebuilding.co.uk/barn-conversions-and-permitted-development/

Barn images reproduced courtesy of estate agents Jackson Stops: www.jackson-stops.co.uk

Planning rule change allows more homes from farm building conversions under permitted development rights – Swedish composite windows are the ideal glazing solution for your farm building or barn conversion project
Planning rule change allows more homes from farm building conversions under permitted development rights – Swedish composite windows are the ideal glazing solution for your farm building or barn conversion project
Planning rule change allows more homes from farm building conversions under permitted development rights – Swedish composite windows are the ideal glazing solution for your farm building or barn conversion project
Planning rule change allows more homes from farm building conversions under permitted development rights – Swedish composite windows are the ideal glazing solution for your farm building or barn conversion project
Planning rule change allows more homes from farm building conversions under permitted development rights – Swedish composite windows are the ideal glazing solution for your farm building or barn conversion project