Thanks. Ive got an architect lined up to look at the loft and he is aware of the 'barn'. Any suggestion as to what this should be called then instead?MikeG.":2ggn1rak said:You let the professional who is working on your behalf talk to them about replacing the building. The thing is, many if not most councils no longer offer informal advice. Most now offer a pre-application advice service for a fee....a very substantial fee... and for this you will need drawings. Your best bet is to find someone to do your design, and bounce this backwards and forwards with him/ her. Then you go to the council (for a pre-App if they won't do it informally) and say "this is the sort of thing we are after, what do you think?"
By the way, a barn is a specific thing, not just any generic agricultural outbuilding, and this isn't a barn.
The loft should be under permitted development but will need Building Control. The 'barn' is probably the most interesting of the two.