CTY 4 – Barn Conversions in Northern Ireland
As can be seen in any rural area there are a range of older buildings in the countryside, including some that have been listed, that are no longer needed for their original purpose.
These can include school houses, churches and older traditional barns and outbuildings. The reuse and conversion of these types of buildings represent a sustainable approach to development and reuse of existing buildings in the countryside.
This applies to agricultural buildings that have a residential style construction i.e. masonry / stone walls with existing openings.
Planning permission will be granted to proposals for the conversion and adaptation if necessary, of a suitable non-residential building such as disused barns for a variety of alternative uses, including use as a single dwelling or several residential units. Such proposals will be required to be of a high design quality and integrate suitably into the surrounding landscape.
Important facts about Barn Conversions:

  •     Suitable for anyone – not related to farming
  •     Suitable for all types of buildings of permanent construction
  •     Cattle Sheds / Agricultural Buildings etc not suitable
  •     Creates a new dwelling where a green-field site is unavailable
  •     Existing Building retained: renovated & extended
  •     In some cases the existing building can be converted into more than one dwelling
  •     VAT – Can be reclaimed same as new build
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