Barns and farm buildings

Essential characteristics

When considering whether a new use for a farm building is appropriate, the Council will pay particular attention to the architectural and historical features of the building, particularly if it is listed, and will try to find a new use that will properly preserve it.

The most important feature of a traditional farm building is the roof. Roofs can be seen from a distance and on larger aisled barns tend to dominate the elevations. Large uninterrupted roof slopes are a characteristic which should be respected.

Agricultural buildings usually have only a small number of window and door openings. Apart from the main cart opening, windows and doors are mostly small and insignificant with large unbroken areas of wall being common.

Barns have open interiors which show the roof structure. Typically, massive timber trusses span an undivided space, except where there are aisle posts, or in a few cases in Todmorden where pointed or semi-circular stone arches support the roof timbers.

The Council will not look favourably on an application for change of use if there is a significant loss of essential features, especially of the original fabric. In the case of Grade I and II* listed buildings, standards will be especially high and it is unlikely that any form of residential conversion will be acceptable.

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Last Updated: 29/03/2016