BARN CONVERSION USING MB USE CLASS PERMITTED DEVELOPMENT RULES, SUFFOLK



 

This project is one of the first successful applications in Mid Suffolk that has been approved under the MB use class – permitted development planning rules for agricultural buildings to be converted to residential use.

The rules dictate that no extensions can be applied to the original building and therefore this often makes a conversion to a dwelling somewhat challenging. However this project provided a fantastic site location nestled amongst mature willow trees in the valley and an existing building, which allowed some design flexibility in terms of existing openings and insertion of new wall fabric to achieve high standards of insulation and a very eco approach to the construction.  

The building will maintain its agricultural barn feel by having timber cladding externally and maintaining its full height volume internally with existing steel structure exposed to reveal the frame skeleton of the building.

The construction methods will use breathable wall materials, timber framing and natural ventilation techniques to provide a sustainable building and achieve a healthy living environment.