Prism were successful in getting permission for a barn conversion under Class Q Part 6 of the General Permitted Development Order. Using this right takes expertise and experience to meet the requirements of the class. In this instance the key issue was the envelope of the building and demolishing existing farm buildings. The council needed to be convinced that these would not result in refusal for the application. In addition the structure of the building was also a key factor as the GPDO wording on rebuilding verses converting has many potential pitfalls. However Prism was successful and this application was allowed.
It was the case that Class Q applications could be made with less information than a planning application, we see this is now changing with ecology and access being increasing prominent in applications. But we have been up to date with the subsequent amendments of the Order and continue to have successful outcomes.
Prism is finding increasing conversions are taking place on the high street in light of recent reductions of banks and other traditional anchor tenants. An application was made under the General Permitted Development Order which required Prism to have a understanding of interpreting legislation and avoiding pitfalls.
The process was straightforward with a careful approach by Prism, to cover off potential issues Asbestos and noise reports were submitted. In addition positive comments were made about the strong sustainability of the location and nationwide changing nature of the high street.
The result was that the application was allowed and with it the future of the building has been preserved.
Prism were successful in a rural application for converting an isolated barn into a residential dwelling. The application was initially refused as there were highways concerns about safe access of the site, however an alternative access was provided along with traffic analysis which overcame this reason for refusal. In addition structural concerns (an important area of conversion is proving the building can be realistically converted) were also resolved thanks to input from Prism.
Whilst there ideal sites that have no issues there are also ones where there are concerns such as the above. These require problem solving as well as experience of what can and can't be possible under Permitted Development Rights.
As a consequence the conversion was found acceptable by the Council.