A barn off the A49 in Herefordshire could be turned into a “smaller” home if permission is granted.

William Layton has asked for confirmation that his plan to convert the unnamed barn between Leominster and Kimbolton fall with what are known as permitted development rights, meaning full planning permission would not be required.

Hereford Times: The barn seen from the A49 near LeominsterThe barn seen from the A49 near Leominster (Image: Google Street View)

Part of Ivingtonbury Farm, the timber-framed and clad building has been in continuous agricultural use for the last ten years, a condition of this planning route, according to his application (number 240178).

It is also capable of being converted, an accompanying structural engineer’s report says.


The work would be “restricted to judicious repair of the existing cladding, installation of new windows, installation of services, and the demolition of two lightweight attached structures”, the application says.

The “well-made” road up to it “benefits from good visibility onto the A49”, while the proposal would not give rise to noise, contamination or flooding issues either, it adds.

The council’s highways officer has already said they have no objection to the plan.

Comments on the application can be made until February 14.