Almost half of all applications to convert redundant farm buildings into housing under permitted development rights (PDR) are being turned down, according to government figures.
The number of farmers applying to convert farm buildings into dwellings under Permitted Development Rights (PDRs) has dropped as concern grows about the level of regulation involved.
The rules, which were introduced in 2014, allow the change of use of agricultural buildings that are no longer needed for farming to provide up to three homes on a farm holding.
Nearly 50% of applications to change agricultural buildings into dwellings using permitted development rights (PDRs) are still being refused.
Between April 2015 and March 2016, 13,879 dwellings were added to England’s housing stock from PDRs, according to newly released government figures.
The British love affair with barn conversions seems to have come to an end with new figures showing that the number of agricultural to residential property conversions has fallen.
For decades the conversion of agricultural buildings including barns and stables into homes has been popular but now new research shows that in England the number has dropped by 24% over the last year.
It suggests that developers are suffering from a lack of funding for such projects so people who want this kind of property are left to funding it themselves.
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