Barn Conversions Supplementary Planning Guidance

About Barn Conversions Supplementary Planning Guidance

The appearance of farmsteads within its rural landscape can be considered to be an intrinsic part of the character and charm of South Gloucestershire. However, the scene of a traditional farmhouse as part of a wider complex of outbuildings is changing. This is in part due to changes in the agricultural industry which has led to large numbers of rural buildings becoming surplus to requirement and replaced with much larger pre-fabricated buildings.

In response to the redundancy of former rural buildings, many have now been converted into other uses, often residential. However, whilst sustaining the retention of a traditional rural building can be considered a positive objective, if the conversion fails to retain the existing characteristics and appearance of the rural building, then the positive contribution it can make to the wider rural landscape will be diminished and in some cases, completely lost.

The purpose of the SPD is to replace previous guidance on the approach to barn conversions to ensure that when schemes for conversion are considered at the planning stage, not only are the buildings retained but so is their positive and material contribution to the rural landscape of South Gloucestershire.

In response to the Council’s climate change strategy, the SPD will also provide guidance on the need to sustain and promote bio-diversity as part of any conversion. Guidance will also be given on the need to consider opportunities to promote renewable energy sources and improve the energy performance of a building.

How to find out more and have your say

The draft SPD is open for public consultation from Tuesday 7 July until Sunday 18 October. We are keen to hear if the document covers everything you would you want to know, and whether the information given is clear, easy to navigate and to use.

Please provide your feedback through one of the methods below. If we find that we are receiving a number of comments or questions around a particular theme we can address those themes in a webinar, which would be hosted around the beginning of September. For this reason we would appreciate receiving any initial feedback that you would like us to discuss in a webinar by Sunday 30th August.

  • View or download a copy of the draft SPD
  • Provide us with your feedback here
  • Write to: South Gloucestershire Council Corporate Consultation Team,  Council Offices,  Badminton Road,  Yate, BRISTOL,  BS37 5AF

This consultation has now closed and we are analysing the results, which will be published here in due course.


  • Opened
    11 Jul 2020 at 10:00
  • Closed
    18 Oct 2020 at 23:59

Consultation Documents


Consultation Topic
  • Planning policy & strategy
Marking a consultation as relevant to a particular audience indicates that it may be of special relevance to people within that group. It doesn't, however, mean that other groups wont find the consultation of interest - we welcome responses from everybody.
For example, education issues may be of particular interest to Parents & Guardians, and so will be shown to people searching the system for parenting issues, but the views of others (eg: Business, Faith Groups) are also relevant.