Change of Use of an Agricultural Building

Change of use of an agricultural building to residential through permitted development

Agricultural Barn Redevelopment Planning

The Brief

Our client aspired to change the use of his agricultural barn to residential. The client was a local farmer, who wanted to live on his land and therefore, he approached us to see if he could convert his barn, which currently stored tractors and machinery. The barn was positioned within the open countryside in the middle of a pastoral field. Atlas Planning Group were instructed to make his dreams of a new home come true.

Our Solution

The site was not in a Conservation Area, AONB or National Park or subject to any other designation. Therefore, Atlas Planning Group identified that the barn could be converted into a dwelling under permitted development rights.

The General Permitted Development Order grants planning permission for certain forms of development, including the change of use of an agricultural building to a dwelling-house provided that certain conditions, limitations and restrictions are complied with.

We prepared a Prior Notification application on behalf of the client, which was supported by a Planning Statement to address all relevant criteria pertaining to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015.

We provided evidence to show that the lawful use of the barn was agricultural and with the help of a structural report, were able to prove that the barn was capable of conversion.

We also carefully examined the architectural plans to ensure that all other requirements of the GDPO were met.

Agricultural Barn


Agricultural Building Change of Use Application



Project Success

Atlas Planning Group were granted Prior Approval and the client is now able to convert his agricultural barn into his dream home!