This section provides advice on maintaining and repairing traditional farm buildings where they remain in agricultural or related uses.
The section also includes advice on converting traditional farm buildings to non-agricultural uses when this is the only option to sustain their future.
Traditional farmsteads and their buildings make a significant contribution to local character and distinctiveness, through variations in their scale, layout, buildings and materials. Future change is inevitable if they are to be retained as a distinctive part of the rural landscape. This can be achieved in ways which are based on an understanding of local variations in the character and significance of farmsteads, and their sensitivity to and potential for change.
- The Farmsteads Assessment Framework will help you assess their historic character, significance and sensitivity to change at the earliest stage in the planning process.
- The Conversion of Traditional Farm Buildings: A Guide to Good Practice provides detailed advice with examples on how to achieve a successful conversion.
- The Maintenance and Repair of Traditional Farm Buildings: A Guide to Good Practice, provides detailed advice on maintaining and repairing traditional farm buildings. It complements our Farming the Historic Landscape series, and is also relevant for buildings in non-agricultural uses.
For more information on the historic character and significance of farmsteads see:
- National Farmsteads Character Statement and National Farm Building Types.
- Preliminary Regional Character Statements (see publications below).
The development of an evidence base using continuing research and changing economic realities will inform changes to our advice Living Buildings in a Living Landscape, 2006. This contains a national overview of the importance of traditional farm buildings, the drivers of change that affect their management and regional summaries of their historic character. See below for related publications.