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Conversion into Residential – Architects & Planning Services

Many existing properties can be converted from a non-residential use to a residential use.

This may be done for a variety of reasons, such as to provide more affordable housing, to revitalize a neighbourhood, or to adapt a historic building to a new use.



Conversion to Residential - Architects & Planning Services

Hunter Architects are Expert in obtaining Planning Permission for Residential Conversions across the UK

Conversion to residential schemes can provide a fantastic opportunity to maximise the potential of existing buildings.

Hunter Architects & Planners have been involved with many conversion to residential schemes, from small conversions of a couple of flats through to multi-phase developments; from stand-alone conversion to residential to mixed use conversions featuring elements of commercial or retail uses in additional to residential uses. Our projects have been located within Conservations Areas, City Centres, World Heritage Sites, Green Belt, Brownfield and Greenfield sites among others.

Please Contact us to discuss your conversion to residential project.

What are the design and planning considerations for conversion to residential?

Residential Conversion Considerations

There are a number of factors to consider when converting a building to residential use, including the following:
• The building’s current use and condition
• The planning requirements for the area
• The building’s structural integrity
• The availability of utilities and infrastructure
• The cost of the conversion

If you are considering converting a building to residential use, we can help you to ensure that the project is feasible and compliant with all applicable regulations.

Buildings that can be converted to residential use may be:
• Commercial buildings, such as offices, retail stores, and warehouses
• Industrial buildings, such as factories and mills
• Agricultural buildings, such as barns
• Religious buildings, such as churches and mosques
• Public buildings, such as schools and libraries
• Historic buildings, such as mansions and mills

Every conversion to residential project will present a unique set of challenges and opportunities, providing the starting point for a sustainable, and original design.

Our most unique building for conversion began life as a chicken shed, but we also have experience converting traditional barns into single or multiple dwellings, see our Barn Conversions page for details, along with large residential properties into apartments. Converting an existing building is a great way to add character and individuality to new homes.

Creative reuse of existing buildings should always be explored as a sustainable option for a site. Sympathetically upgrading and reusing existing buildings rather than demolishing and building new could dramatically improve a buildings energy efficiency and would make substantial energy savings, because the CO2 emissions already embodied within existing buildings would not be lost through demolition.

As part of your property’s conversion to residential, you may also be able to extend upwards by up to two storeys to create additional housing space. This can be done using permitted development rights

For more information on planning permission for creating new build apartments or flats rather than through building conversions, please look at our dedicated page, which features numerous Case Studies or contact us

Commercial & Residential RTPI Planning Consultancy Services across the UK

This website is dedicated to residential and bespoke domestic projects, however, we have a wide range of experience obtaining planning permission for a wide range of sites and across different sectors.

If you are a developer, land-owner, business, private client, Architect and/ or designer looking to achieve approval or submit an appeal for a site or building, across the UK, please have a look at our sister website - Plande.

Please contact us to discuss your particular project, needs and issues.

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