Tractor shed converted into studio apartment

Bloomfields has successfully demonstrated that the conversion of this redundant rural building into a residential dwelling can be permitted under the new prior approval process, without any requirement for full planning permission.

A robust case in favour of the conversion was put forward in relation to impacts on transport and highways, noise, land contamination, flooding and the requirements of national planning policy. The conversion was sensitively designed to ensure that the design and external appearance of the building would preserve the landscape character.

This is one of the many applications for the conversion of agricultural buildings that we have submitted under the prior approval process. We have found that the procedural requirements differ across each Local Planning Authority, and in some instances does not represent the streamlined process that the Government intended. However, we have established solid working relationships with Planning Officers and a firm understanding of how relevant parts of the legislation are being interpreted.

We anticipate further successful applications for the conversion of redundant rural buildings to new homes in the near future.