Farm Building Conversion
With the introduction of permitted development rights for farm building conversions in 2014, Durrants has successfully negotiated numerous planning approvals across Norfolk and Suffolk for the conversion of more modern farm buildings into dwellings. This 2016 example in Tibenham, illustrates how a redundant agricultural building can be modified for re-use by providing a dwelling that meets all of today's living standards.
Location: Bunwell - South Norfolk
Date: March 2016
Durrants successfully negotiated a prior approval from South Norfolk Council for the residential conversion of a former piggery building. The conversion will see the reuse of an otherwise redundant agricultural building for residential purposes. Comprising two dwellings, the contemporary design offers an open plan layout for each dwelling. The internal conversion works seek to make the most of the rural outlook while the exterior work is carefully designed to maintain the original rural character of the building.
Farm Building Conversion in Listed Setting
Permitted development rights were secured in 2017 for the conversion of a farm building to a dwelling south of the River Blyth, east of Halesworth. Maximising the existing building footprint, the internal area of the approved dwelling is substantial, with very generous open plan living spaces a feature of the layout. Heritage was a key consideration for the Suffolk Coastal District Council, as the building is located in the grounds of a Grade II listed farmhouse.
Farm Building Conversion - Two Dwellings
Location: Diss - South Norfolk
Date: January 2014
Planning permission was acquired for the conversion of a former granary and milking parlour building into two residential units. The buildings occupy a rural site set in the open countryside on the outskirts of Diss. Although not listed, the building is of historic merit and the conversion works represent sensitive alterations, allowing the original form and historic integrity of the building to be preserved and enhanced. Generous roof terraces are a feature, providing elevated outdoor space connected directly with first floor living areas. As with many conversions of this scale and buildings of this age, structural stability was a key issue, with Durrants completing a detailed structural assessment to demonstrate the works could be undertaken without compromising the building's structural integrity.
Change of Use and Residential Conversion
Location: Diss - South Norfolk
In 2015 Durrants gained gaining planning permission and building regulations approval for the change of use of a former shop building into a three bedroom house. Nestled in the Norfolk countryside, the characterful building features Norfolk flint with stone mullion gothic windows. The design incorporates a visually discrete porch and features a double height, open plan living space at ground floor. The first floor accommodates three bedrooms and bathroom, with conservation roof lights minimising the impact on the existing roof profile. The design includes cast iron rainwater pipes and gutters, glazed pantiles and bespoke hardwood timber sliding windows.