Toll Bar Farm, Sutton in Ashfield

How we created a luxury home, saved a 19th century stone barn, and not only got the local planners to make an exception to planning regulations but they nominated us for an award too!

Our client’s issue
Our client wanted to convert two barns and a steel shed into a luxury four-bedroom home. The problem was what they wanted to do is outside of planning policy because usually planning permission is not granted for extending barns.

Our solution
Our client contacted bi Design Architecture to see if we could help them. We are specialists in finding ways to work with local planning officers to achieve a win/win for them and our clients. By creating plans that were sympathetic with the context of the plot we were able to show that a better planning outcome would be achieved if the planners could make an exception to the normal planning policy.
We were able to explain that if our client was unable to preserve and improve this site in all likelihood the barns which had stood for over 150 years would probably just fall down. The other alternative could be that the farmer could knock the barns down and replace them with steel sheds which would be within planning policy but would do nothing to improve the area or conserve the barns and preserve local history.
We proposed that we converted the barns and replaced the existing steel shed with a modern, but in context, extension to create a high-quality four-bedroom home.

The outcome
Our client was able to save the barns and we created for them a stunning house with a very stylish and contemporary living space which was full of daylight owing to the large windows looking out over the courtyard.

The local authority planners nominated bi Design Architecture for the Innovative Barn Conversion Award from Ashfield District Council, which we went on to win.