All Timber Frames is a dedicated timber frame construction company based in Cheriton Fitzpaine, eight miles from Exeter.
In 2014 the government passed new legislation allowing the conversion of redundant agricultural buildings to residential homes without the need to apply for full planning permission. Such projects are allowed under Permitted Development Legislation.
One of the key factors is that the converted homes have to keep to the same dimensions as the original barn and that the main structural support of the barn has to remain intact.
As with all planning legislation there are exceptions to the rule, for example any listed barns do not comply, nor do barns that have been used for equestrian purposes. The legislation may in the future be amended to include the conversion of steel framed barns, following a recent court cast where planning was refused and the owner took his case to court and lost.
Since the new legislations has come into force we have completed seven barn conversions, some of which are featured on our projects page, and we have another couple of jobs in the pipeline
In many respects timber frame is the ideal solution for these conversions. Being relatively light weight, the panels can easily sit between the existing structure, and with high insulation values they make complying to Building Regulations straight forward.
- "This will make better use of redundant or underused agricultural buildings, increasing rural housing without building on the countryside."Nick BolesMP