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Own a barn or farm building? Now’s the ideal time to consider your options

Recent changes to Permitted Development (PD) rights mean that converting agricultural buildings into residential properties is now far simpler than ever before.

The amendments, which took effect on 6 April 2018, allow up to five new homes to be created from existing agricultural buildings, rather than the previous maximum of three. And crucially, there is no need to expressly apply for planning permission to carry out the work.

It’s a hugely significant ruling for rural landowners in England, who’ll be able to generate some real value from their sites.

This is an area that we specialise in here at Thomas Mae and, if you own a barn or outbuilding that has the potential for development, we can provide you with clarity on what options are available to you.

As with all Permitted Development frameworks, there are some properties that are exempt and certain criteria that need to be met. For example, the barn must have been in existence on 20th March 2013 (barns built since can be converted into homes, but they must be used solely as agricultural buildings for at least a decade).

In addition, the total floorspace of the barn to be converted must be no more than 465m² and any development is subject to what’s known as the ‘Prior Notification’ procedure.

It’s time to consider your options

Talk to us at Thomas Mae today. We’ll be able to offer advice and insight on whether your site fits the bill and can let you know what it’s likely to be worth.

We have a track record of delivering great returns and we won’t charge you for our advice.

Here’s what we can help you with:

  • Planning advice and market intelligence
  • We work with local planners and architects
  • Site-specific insight and consultancy
  • We can even connect you with active buyers

So let’s have a conversation – even if it’s just to ‘test the water’ – as we’re sure you’ll be amazed by what we can do for you. There’s a very strong chance you could boost the value of your land as a result.

To talk to us in confidence, with no strings attached, get in touch today.

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Author: Kevin Ellis

Our company was established in 2014 by Kevin, who previously ran a highly-successful development department for an award-winning property services business. Today, he has grown Thomas Mae into a thriving business, staffed by a trusted team of property consultants who are adept at sharing their knowledge and skills. Kevin’s mission is to foster strategic land investment, to deliver solid, profitable results across the whole of the UK, and to work effectively with both private landowners as well as commercial and institutional landowners.

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