“Turning dilapidated chicken sheds into a beautiful oak frame family home ”

So how do you get planning permission for a replacement dwelling for a commercial building? Read on to find out …

Project Background

Our clients own a site which is home to six dilapidated chicken sheds; relics from a family business currently used for storage. They live in a house next to the site, in fact it is one they built themselves. When they first spoke to us about their project, they made it clear they wanted a full turnkey solution as they didn’t want to go down the self-build route again! They also knew they would need specialist help when applying for planning permission for the replacement dwelling for a commercial building.

The House

The design that we have created comes in two distinct parts; the two storey bedroom component and the single storey, oak framed day-to-day living component. These two components are blended through the geometries and material palettes of the elevations; a two storey gable compliments the single storey gable to the east and provides a sunny courtyard to the south. Entrance is in the centre of the plan for efficient use of space under a double height void with views out and streams of sunlight in.


The planners had mentioned that replacing the sheds for a ‘modest’ dwelling may be acceptable. However, upon a further meeting with the planning officer it became clear that policy was not in our client’s favour and that, if they were granted permission, it would most likely be for a bungalow.

We therefore looked at other routes and discovered that there was sufficient information and the right use history to apply for a Certificate of Lawfulness whereby an application can be made to convert the use of the buildings from commercial (having been used for storage for over 10 years) to residential. Once granted, a replacement dwelling application can be made. We have submitted an application for this, and if it is granted we will then submit a full planning application.

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The Complete Oak Home offer something rather different, not oak frame manufacturers but oak frame experts who design & build oak frame homes. 


The one thing that has enabled us to progress is I believe finding a company that is prepared to partner with us from the very beginning and take us through planning, design/costing, tendering and build through to completion (or to any stage along the way). The Complete Oak Home offers us a way of achieving our dream by undertaking those tasks for us. 


We have both had a good look at the designs and we absolutely love them. It hugely exceeds our expectations and for this we are truly thankful of your superbly impressive work! We are so excited to think that this could be ours - you are very talented indeed.


To find out more about our client-led approach to design, have a read of our blog posts on bespoke architecture, designing from a blank canvas and our client lifestyle briefing process.

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