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Hovel to House

Hovel to House

Following the new release of the additional General Permitted Development Order which came into force on the 6th April 2014, it is now possible to convert an agricultural building to a dwelling and also a shop to a dwelling. This is a big step forward from having to test the market for 6 months to see if there is any other need for the barn other than dwelling prior to putting in a full application to the District Council who would then take a larger criteria to make a decision on giving a consent for a conversion to a dwelling. With the new Development Order in place, you are now required to fill in a General Permitted Development Order and to provide a location plan so the District Council can make their decision.

 Converted property

Restrictions

There are of course restrictions that would prevent a notification being approved. These restrictions include that the building must have been in agricultural use or part of an established agricultural unit prior to the 20th March 2013, if the development would result in an external dimension of the building extending beyond the original dimensions of the building. If the site is an Article 1(5) land, which includes designated areas such as an area of outstanding natural beauty, conservation area, Listed or within the grounds of a Listed Building, on a site of special scientific interest, a safety hazard area, a military explosive storage area or site that contains a scheduled monument.

How big and how many barns can I convert?

The restrictions on numbers and sizes have also been put in place. You may only convert a barn that would result in no more than 450 sq m of floor space within the agricultural unit as a whole. The maximum number on one unit would be three dwellings, the accumulative floor area of these three dwellings, again must not exceed 450 sq m of floor area.

What rights might I lose?

Once a Consent has been granted for a conversion of an agricultural building to a dwelling under the new GPDO, you will not be able to apply for new agricultural buildings via the Agricultural Notification for a period of 10 years. Any application that is submitted within that 10 year period must be for a Full Planning Application.

What might I be expected to provide with my General Permitted Development Order

The District Council will take into consideration five specific areas whilst making their decision and may ask for additional information on these whilst the application is being processed. These being:

  • Transport and highway impact of the development.
  • Noise impact of the development.
  • Contamination risk on site.
  • Flood risk on site.
  • Whether the location or siting of the building makes it otherwise impractical or undesirable for the building to change from agricultural use to a use falling within the Class C3 Dwelling House of the Schedule to the Use Class Order.

Will the District Council require any further information once the General Permitted Development Order has been approved?

The District Council will condition any approval with specific details that would be required prior to work commencing on site and these will require discharge and will be known as Pre-commencement Conditions. These conditions could require further highways details, floor plans and elevations of the dwellings, Ecology Surveys, Tree Surveys to name but a few.

However, once a Permitted Development Order has been granted, these will only be hurdles that will require jumping prior to commencing on site, rather than hurdles that require jumping prior to the District Council making a decision.

Hurdles

From our understanding and the understanding of other governing bodies, it would appear that the Permitted Development Order is not restricted to traditional agricultural buildings but would include any agricultural building. Therefore, your Dutch barns and grain stores would be included in the permitted development.

For further enquiries or indeed assessments, please contact Sheldon Bosley for sound reliable guidance on your potential development.

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Becoming a New Landlord?

Property to Let

painterHow Do I prepare My Property for Letting?

This is a question asked by many new landlords when I first meet them. When planning a refurb, or merely preparing a property ready for the open market, it is difficult to find the right level to aim for.  How you present a property largely affects and influences the type of tenant that takes it.  If the property is scruffy or grubby you will normally find that the ‘fussy’ tenants discount it completely.  You will therefore end up with tenants that are not so fussy about their surroundings, which is not ideal.  You may have heard of the saying ‘scruffy property, scruffy tenants’.  On the other hand if a property is in good order, with up to date fittings and presented in a clean condition, then you will find it will appeal to the more fussy tenants.  These are the tenants you want as they will end up looking after your investment in a much better manner.  Tenants also do tend to stay longer if the property is comfortable to live in.

Don’t over-do your propertykitchen

Many landlords also make the mistake of over-doing their property.  It is key to make sure a refurb is planned in line with the type of property and with consideration to the typical group of potential tenants it would appeal to.  For example, a two bedroom maisonette in the centre of town is likely to appeal to a young couple or single occupant.  This does not need a high end finish. A mid range finish will suffice in this instance.  If you were renovating a large detached family home, the expected finish would be for a higher standard and specification and this would be appropriate to the market you would be aiming for, typically a professional couple with children. It is also important to ensure the fittings you install are of a good standard, as cheap fittings never last. You need something that is fit for purpose and will withstand wear and tear.

I see many landlords getting this wrong and we can help with any level of advice you may require, even down to managing the entire project for you.  For assistance please call Sue on 01608 665473 or Michael on 01789 206760.

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Fifth Annual Sheldon Bosley Quiz

Sheldon Bosley Quiz 2013

The fifth annual Sheldon Bosley Quiz night was held on Tuesday, 3rd December in the Shakespeare Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon with approximately 150 guests including fellow professionals and clients who were entertained by the staff from both the Stratford and Shipston branches. Rev Green & Miss Scarlet

The evening was once again organised by Suzanne James, Sheldon Bosley’s Commercial Property Partner who had chosen Cluedo as a theme for the night; the game is played on a floor plan of a house and therefore seemed apt for a company of chartered surveyors.  Starting in the ‘Kitchen’, the first round was based on Food and Drink; the quizzers were then taken through various other rooms including the ‘Billiard Room’ where there were some taxing questions on Sport to the ‘Ballroom’ where they had to identify tracks or artists from a wide range of musical genres.

In keeping with the theme, the evening was compered by the Reverend Green and Miss Scarlet, more familiar to everyone as Raymond Smith and Suzanne James.  There was extremely close competition for the trophy but the victors were a team from Lodders Solicitors who just pipped a rival firm of solicitors in the final round.

 Winning Team

Apart from ensuring everyone had a fun and enjoyable evening, one of the Company’s aims in organising the event is to raise funds for a charity chosen by the staff, who this year decided upon Breakthrough Breast Cancer.   A total of £1,580 was raised from the entrance fee and the raffle; the latter proved very popular with some fantastic prizes donated by various local businesses which ensured everyone dug deep into their pockets.

The reputation of this annual event is growing and Sheldon Bosley is already looking forward to gathering everyone together next December.

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Sheldon Bosley Sponsors Shipston on Stour Rugby Club

50th Anniversary Sponsorship
50th Anniversary Sponsorship

50th Anniversary of Shipston Rugby Club

Sheldon Bosley have extended their existing long-standing sponsorship with Shipston on Stour Rugby Club Mini and Junior Section to the Shipston on Stour First Team.  We are very proud to have the opportunity to sponsor the First Team shirts and support the Team and Club in this, their 50th anniversary year.  Sheldon Bosley have been associated with the Club for many years, with former Partner Bob Sandland being a playing member and, in latter years, Partners Sam Russell and James Walton also taking the field and representing the local Club.

 Supporting Local Teams

Sheldon Bosley find it important to support local Teams and help them in the opportunity of continuing for the future.  We very much enjoy having the opportunity to support the boys and to watch their progression on the field and enjoy their hospitality off it.