Local council tries to block barn conversion and circumvent Class Q planning exemption by calling it a 'rebuild'

A barn and house in the countryside
An application to convert a barn into a residential property has been granted after initial rejection from the local council thanks to intervention from government inspector (Image credit: Google Earth)

A local council has tried to prevent a barn being turned into a home under the Class Q planning clause by claiming it would be a "rebuild" rather than a conversion .

Erewash Borough Council, in Derbyshire, rejected planning permission claiming it did not meet the conditions for a Class Q application because the barn was steel frame and didn't have a front. 

Joseph Mullane
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News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.