Sheepfold Barn, Bibury

A former hay barn and cattle byre which had not been used or maintained for many years which was subsequently refused planning permission to convert to a single dwelling on the basis that the structure was too fragile to be converted successfully. After an appraisal by our engineers, we were able to demonstrate that despite the sever movements and damage suffered by a number of the loadbearing walls, they could be retained within the proposed conversion. Our proposals were presented at a public inquiry alongside those commissioned by the LPA which gave a contrary interpretation. The Inspector considered the reports alongside the evidence presented in person by our Principal Engineer and ruled that the existing structure was capable of conversion. This has been followed by a number of further successful planning appeals in which the suitability of the existing structure for conversion was central, including a former wartime aircraft hangar, a disused poultry shed and a number of traditional stone barns.