We are just about to submit a planning application for the conversion of this existing barn in Siddington, south of Cirencester. The conversion will provide a 4-bed house and a separate double garage with workspace in the roof, and a generous south facing garden.
The barn was built in the nineteenth century and the brick wall that faces the road has a lovely patina. The cart doors will make beautiful windows, maximising the lighting in the interior. The corrugated metal clad part of the barn is a section that was rebuilt after a fire in the 1950s. We are proposing that this section is rebuilt with an expressed oak frame with a stone plinth to tie into the existing dry stone boundary wall.
Conversion of existing rural buildings in the open countryside can be a contentious planning issue. In our experience, a sensitive approach to the site and a robust understanding of the economics of all possible uses combine to present a convincing case and gives the best possible chance of approval.