Barn Conversion at Royals Green, Cheshire

Barn Conversion

Land Planning was appointed by the farmer / owner of the barns at Royals Green Farm near Audlem, Cheshire, to coordinate a planning application for their change of use from agricultural into residential use.

We successfully gained planning consent to convert the redundant barn buildings into three residential units, with a separate access and detached garages. The buildings are highly attractive traditional red brick Cheshire barns, with distinctive character including circular window openings featuring plain clay roof tiles.

As the barns were considered to be within the curtilage of a listed building (the farm house), considerable coordination with the Planning and Conservation departments at the Council was required. The approved scheme manages to successfully retain the character of these buildings, incorporating sandstone window cills and reinstating other vernacular features such as solid wood barn doors to match the original type.

The surveys and reports that were necessary included a Structural Report – required to prove the buildings are feasible and suitable to be converted to the intended use. Also Ecological reports were undertaken to establish whether any protected species such as bats or barn owls would be affected by the proposed redevelopment, and to put in place mitigation measures if necessary – please see our section on Ecology for further information.

The uplift in valuation is considerable now that the property comes with the benefit of planning consent, the owner is currently considering his options.

Please contact Land Planning should you own a set of barns similar to this and are interested in getting planning consent to convert the buildings, we will be pleased to offer you advice on planning policy in your area, and the chances of obtaining a suitable change of use for the buildings.

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