Conversion of Farm Buildings

What Are The Issues?

Old barns and agricultural buildings can support a variety of wildlife and some of the most important and commonly found species likely to be found are shown in the side bar on the right.


Why Is This Important?

Various Statutory obligations and government planning policy requires local planning authorities to consider the conservation of these species when determining any application that might affect them.

For more information go to Law and Policy 


When is Best?

The life cycle of many species is linked to the seasons of the year and it is often only possible to carry out survey work when they are active.

Use the Survey Calendar to identify the best time of year to carry out surveys for commonly encountered species and habitats.

Use the Mitigation Calendar to identify the best time of year to carry out any necessary ecological works associated with this type of development.


How and Where?

How can biodiversity be incorporated into the development?

Use the interactive Farm Scenario at the top of the right-hand side bar to find out how and where biodiversity features can be incorporated into this type of development.

Protected Species Licences

Where development is likely to affect protected species it may be necessary to obtain a licence in order to carry out works that would otherwise constitute a criminal offence.  Undertaking works without the necessary licence can lead to criminal prosecution with offences punishable by fines or even imprisonment.

Click here for more information on Protected Species Licenses


Who Can Help - Sources of Expert Advice?

Use the links below to find expert ecological advice

Do you require an ecological consultant to advise on this type of development >> more information 

Do you want to have a look at what conservation organisations recommend >> more information


Relevant Guidance for Conversion of Farm Buildings

Barn Owls and Rural Planning Applications (2010)

Bat Surveys: Good Practice Guidelines (2007)

Bat Mitigation Guidelines (2004)

Biodiversity for Low and Zero Carbon Buildings: A Technical Guide for New Build (2010)