We have worked previously on this site; we submitted a proposal for the conversion of the agricultural portal frame barn into a residential dwelling utilising the permitted development rights. [LINK]
Upon successfully securing this permission, we progressed with a full planning application that proposed the creation of a new-build dwelling and the demolition of the existing barn. The original permission to convert the barn into a residential dwelling established a 'fallback position,' which held significant relevance within the planning process. By presenting an alternative approach through drawings, planning statements, and constructive discussions with the case officer, we successfully justified the new-build option.
The success was partly down to the ability to demonstrate ‘betterment’ of the new build over the conversion, including enhanced construction possibilities, greater latitude in material selection (previously restricted to matching existing materials), improved insulation and thermal performance contributing to heightened sustainability, and ultimately a reduced architectural footprint compared to the converted barn.
The proposed design featured a 4-bedroom residence defined by modern styling, reminiscent of the modern barn aesthetic, employing brickwork and cladding. Strategic placement of large glazing on the North-West elevation, both at ground level and on the first floor, allowed the framing of impressive rural views. Notably, the master bedroom's balcony offered a spectacular vantage point. Supporting the proposal, an artistic impression CGI was produced, giving the formal drawings a sense of realism.
This project started as a Class Q applicaiton to convert the existing barn to a residential swelling - Barn Conversion - Sprite Lane