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Barn Conversions Guidance


Planning Guidance Note on Conversion of Agricultural / Rural Buildings

This guidance document is intended to assist in the interpretation of Sedgemoor Core Strategy Policy P6 (Development in the Countryside) in the context of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), particularly in respect of conversion of rural buildings.

It has been locally adopted as a Planning Guidance Note and may subsequently be incorporated into a Design SPD. It was originally approved by the Council on 24th October 2012, but has since been revised to take account of recent changes to Permitted Development rights. The revised version was adopted by Sedgemoor's Full Council on 23rd July 2014.

The Guidance Note includes a Screening / Preliminary Assessment Flowchart. This sets out some locational questions that Sedgemoor District Council believe are necessary to allow potential applicants to examine the options prior to commissioning any detailed design work - these cover the principal national and local planning policy considerations which may narrow down the potential future uses of a redundant rural building.

The Flowchart is available separately for use in connection with individual proposals. Applicants / agents are recommended to:

  • save the chart as a PDF, adding the building name and location to the filename, and
  • use the "Comment : Highlight Text" tool to highlight the arrows and boxes which record the actual pathway for that individual assessment.

(It will be useful to submit this as part of any subsequent pre-application discussion / planning application).

Conversion of Agricultural/Rural buildings: Planning Guidance Note [1.44MB] Conversion of Agricultural/Rural Buildings: Flowchart [429.49KB]