Dorset Barn Conversion Planning Approval

 In Architecture, Barn conversion, Contemporary, News, Planning, Residential, Sustainable

We were delighted to receive planning permission yesterday from North Dorset Council for this 5 bedroom new house near Shaftesbury. The development is part of a Class Q barn conversion, and replaces a steel-framed barn that is currently used for agricultural storage. The house will be considerably smaller than the existing barn, and RBA carefully considered its orientation and location. It lies in the southern corner of the field, and is set back to be less visible from the road and nearby properties.

The new home is a blend of traditional and contemporary architecture. The pitched roof, limestone gables and timber cladding reflect the local vernacular, while the windows and doors are more modern.  Internally, the ground floor consists of a large kitchen-diner, snug, drawing room, office, cloakroom, bootroom and utility. The second storey includes a large master suite with en-suite bathroom and dressing area, and another 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

In an exciting first for RBA, the development will be completely off-grid, with an array of solar panels in the north of the field. These will supply the house with at least 95% of all its energy needs and make it virtually self sufficient. The house will therefore not be connected to the national energy power network. The panels, and a field shelter to house their batteries, have also been carefully sited to reduce visual impact on the countryside.


To further reduce the environmental impact of the building and increase the sustainability of the site, the surrounding field will be rewilded.  This includes the planting of new trees and creation of a small pond to provide homes for wildlife. The field shelter provides opportunities for barn owl roosts, and the client will also install several bat boxes. New hedging to the north of the house will act as a boundary between the domestic curtilage and surrounding land.

Dorset Council also granted permission for a 3 bay garage alongside the house and include a shower and ancillary accommodation on first floor.

Many thanks to Atlas Planning for all their help with the project.


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