Can I Add a Conservatory to my Barn Conversion?
If you’re undertaking a barn conversion, you might think the addition of an oak conservatory is the perfect finishing touch. Not only will it add valuable extra space to your property, but timber conservatories create a striking focal point and offer loads of aesthetic appeal.
When it comes to barn conversions, however, there are strict rules surrounding their build and development and, as such, councils often object to the addition of a conservatory. They are occasionally allowed, though, so it’s always worth checking with your local council before disregarding your dreams of a hardwood conservatory.
Below we discuss specific barn conversion development rights, and what this means when you’re considering conservatory options . Read on below for more information and, as always, if you require assistance understanding the regulations the Planning Permission Coordinators at Richmond Oak are on hand to provide expert help.
Permitted Development Laws
In 2014, changes to Permitted Development Rights were introduced which have made the development of a barn conversion must simpler and straight-forward, negating the need for much of the planning permission process. In addition, further amendments to Permitted Development Rights took effect from April 2018, including the allowance of up to five homes to be created from existing agricultural buildings, rather than the previous maximum of three.
The changes have meant that it is now possible to convert existing agricultural buildings - including barns - without needing planning permission. However, there are limitations to this, as detailed in Class MB of Part 3 of the Second Schedule of the General Permitted Development Order.
Class MB permits reasonable building operations to convert a barn into a house, but only within the envelope of the existing structure. In layman’s terms, this means you’re able to renovate the barn as is - using the structure in its original form. You can’t knock the barn down and start again and, without express permission, you can’t add to the barn in the form of an extension, conservatory or orangery. You can, however, make significant improvements to the existing barn, and this extends to work such as new windows and new walls, as relevant and required.
Adding a conservatory to a barn conversion
Adding a conservatory to a barn conversion usually goes against planning regulations and, as a result, it’s likely any planning request to add one would be rejected. However, it is possible that a modest oak extension would be accepted, so it’s worth discussing your ideas and requirements with a professional. They’ll be able to advise you on the planning permission regulations and help design a solution that offers the best chance of acceptance.
It’s also important to remember that conservatory design can differ greatly and the size, design and materials used can influence whether or not your specific conversatory is deemed acceptable. Oak framed conservatories, for example, are much more likely to be accepted than their uPVC counterparts as they offer a more elegant and traditional finish.
If you’re thinking of adding a conservatory to a barn conversion, we can be of assistance. We will find out if the addition of a conservatory is possible and then plan the perfect hardwood extension for your requirements. Simply get in touch with the friendly team at Richmond Oak today.
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