Own a barn or farm building?

The door is now open to easier development opportunities.

Recent changes to Permitted Development rights mean that converting agricultural buildings into residential properties is now far simpler than ever before. Now rural landowners no longer need to apply for planning permission to convert barns to residential, school or nursery (childcare) use.

In summary, the order creates a new class of permitted development ‘Class MB’, which allows change of use from agriculture to residential use.

Prior to the announced changes a barn could be converted to provide up to 3 new homes within a maximum of 450 square metres, the new changes allow:


up to 3 larger homes within a maximum of 465 square metres


up to 5 smaller homes each no larger than 100 square metres


a mix of both, within a total of no more than 5 homes, of which no more than 3 may be larger home.

For further clarification on this new ruling please contact the region’s leading land and development service on 01285  646770 to discuss your options and learn how you can realise the true value of your agricultural buildings.

Example of redundant barn sold by our Land and Development team

Barn now converted to sell by our Cheltenham branch

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