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Outstanding opportunity to develop a barn with outbuildings and land


  • General permitted development granted 16th September 2020 - DC/20/1021/P3QPA
  • Conversion of agricultural storage barn to a single dwelling
  • Conversion of cartlodge to garage
  • Garden area for conversion in farm courtyard setting
  • Track leading through to adjoining paddock/meadow
  • Second detached timber framed barn
  • Modern open-sided barn and machinery/garage/workshop building
  • Approximately 3,000 sq ft of accommodation affording versatile scope
  • In all about 4 acres (sts).


An outstanding opportunity to purchase a large two storey detached agricultural barn set in approximately 4 acres (sts), wonderfully situated in a peaceful area south of the village of Whepstead and close to Bury St Edmunds. The barn benefits from Class Q consent for conversion. In addition to the barn and land, there is a comprehensive range of outbuildings with good scope for improvement. THE PROPERTY A superb opportunity to create a single large family home from this fantastic range of period farm buildings under a Class Q consent, permitted development. The existing barn is timber framed and timber clad all round, under a corrugated tin roof with a brick wing under a clay pantiled roof. The converted dwelling proposed will consist of 4 bedrooms and 3-4 reception rooms with an open plan kitchen area and will equate to about 355m (3,821 sq ft) of floor space, including the cart-lodge and would retain the beautiful exposed timber frame. The property will also benefit from a garden area located to the west of the barn within the courtyard. Although the proposed first floor could afford four comfortable family bedrooms with two bath/shower rooms, the barn is not listed and hence there is scope to amend the accommodation to suit the personal requirements of the owner. Cameron Mckenna, Chartered Building Surveyor, will be happy to discuss the basis of this consent, that he has gained permission for on 01787 373915 or if that is of assistance. Due to this wonderful location, as part of the consent granted, the recommendations (as can be found on the West Suffolk local authority planning portal as one of the documents associated with the consent granted) of the Bright Green Ecological Appraisal are to be carried out in order to protect the biodiversity of this rural property, including the requirement for at least one owl box for the benefit of the resident owl. OUTSIDE The property is wonderfully situated in a tranquil rural location, set well away from noisy roads whilst benefitting from easy access via the B1066 to Bury st Edmunds. As can be seen on the aerial plan, on the back page of these details, the barn is situated in a farmyard of around 0.9 acres, with consent granted for a garden confined within the land edged red on the plan on this page. Change of use from agricultural land to residential amenity land would be required if additional garden land was required. In addition to the period farm buildings that benefit from the consent granted, there is also another period timber framed barn (Barn 2 on the floorplan) that could be improved and a modern open sided building (Modern Barn on the floorplan) which could afford, along with the Machinery Store/Carport, good scope and versatility and be significantly beneficial for use whilst conversion works are in progress. The vendors will retain ownership of half the width of the track to the north, giving access to the barn, so that they have a right of way to access their retained farm land to the west. There is a footpath/byway on the land to the front of the barn (east), on the other side of the front pond and screened from the yard by the hedged boundary, that could also be accessed from the meadow and affords the convenience of country walks and riding out straight from the property. LOCATION Ryecroft Barn is located in a small hamlet on the southern edge of the popular village of Whepstead, and occupies a peaceful rural position just off Tuffields Road, which is a quiet lane off the B1066 road between Whepstead and Brockley, the neighbouring village. Whepstead is a well-regarded Suffolk village with a pleasing mix of period and modern housing. Local facilities include a popular public house ''The White Horse' and a fine village church. The nearby village of Hartest also boasts a well-regarded pub, a butchers and Hartest Church of England Primary School was last rated ''Good' in an OFSTED inspection, as was Horringer, Ickworth Park Primary School, which the property is in the catchment area for. More comprehensive facilities can be found in the Cathedral town of Bury St Edmunds, which offers an excellent range of amenities with schooling in the public and private sector, extensive shopping facilities including health clubs, swimming pools and golf clubs. The University town of Cambridge lies about 28 miles to the west and offers unrivalled further education opportunities and excellent shopping and amenity facilities. There is good access to the A14, A11 (M11) and the railway station at Bury St Edmunds offers a link to mainline services to London's Liverpool Street and King's Cross via Cambridge. Alternatively, there is a regular train service from Stowmarket to London Liverpool Street taking approximately 80 minutes. Stansted International Airport is approximately 1 hour by car.