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20 Jul
Barn Conversion Guidance from Historic England

Traditional farm buildings are among the most ubiquitous of historic building types in the countryside. They are not only fundamental to its sense of place and local distinctiveness, but also represent a major economic asset in terms of their capacity to accommodate new uses. The...

Permitted Development: Q&A

The Government has recently announced new permitted development rights to allow the conversion of farm buildings to residential dwellings as part of a simplification of planning laws. "a three year fixed window of opportunity for rural landowners" Duncan Hartley, director of planning at Rural Solutions Planning and development specialist...

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04 Jul
About Great Crested Newts

Great Crested Newts are widely distributed throughout Britain but this distribution is extremely patchy; they’re absent from Ireland and have disappeared from many sites across Europe. They are the largest of our native newt species. During the breeding season males develop a jagged crest which...

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04 Jul
Great Crested Newts – Do you need a survey?

Survey for great crested newts if: distribution and historical records suggest newts may be present there’s a pond within 500 metres of the development, even if it only holds water some of the year the development site includes refuges (eg log piles or rubble),...

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04 Jul
Conservation of Bats

Why consider protected species during land use planning processes? The conservation of bats within the built environment is reliant on the delivery of a number of factors: the provision of roosting opportunities; the availability of foraging and commuting habitat; and the appropriate management / protection of...

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04 Jul
Barn Owl Facts

Barn Owls make eerie screeching and hissing noises. Young owlets (and females prior to nesting) will make food begging calls. If you regularly hear an owl hooting, it is likely to be a Tawny Owl.  How can you tell if a Barn Owl is male or female? It is...

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04 Jul
Barn Owls and Barn Conversions

Barn Owl sites outside the breeding season have no statutory protection per se and the presence of Barn Owls (or other protected species) will rarely, if ever, result in the refusal of a planning application for conversion, renovation or demolition.  Nevertheless, many traditional agricultural buildings that...

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