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English Barn's

Produced at our sawmill located in the Medieval Pale of the Ashdown Forest, at Heavegate, Crowborough Warren, this area was once famous for its water mills producing timber and flour during the 1840s. These went into decline under the threat of imports and modern steam power and by the 1980s most were lost to bureaucracy and land value.

However, some small, family-owned mills survived. Due to a renewed interest in timber products, Heavegate Sawmill is one of these, owing its success to dedicated craftsmen creating superior timber frames.

Fashioned from locally grown English oak, each building has individual attention paid to it using modern and traditional methods, creating for example, our popular two bay vart barn boasting over fifty mortise and tenon joints, individual tie beams and the benefit of natural character. Its sturdy Deal roof which, packed with rafters, creates a support strong enough for any tile the structure may receive.

Two Bay Barns

These are our most popular barns. The bays can be used for workshops, storage, boatsheds, offices, as well as garages - in any combination. With a useable floor area just under 30 square metres, these two-bay barns do not normally require planning permission

One Bay Barns

Compact yet highly versatile, our one-bay barns are often used as garages but can easily be adapted for a variety of additional uses. Many clients like to maximise storage space by building a platform in the roof space

Three and Four Bay Barns

These substantial structures provide a range of outbuildings under one roof. In conjunction with our corner unit and other modules, they can be used to form handsome courtyard complexes, designed to suit individual needs. We can recommend an architect if required.

General Guides

General guide to current planning regulations

Many types of buildings and structures can be erected in your garden or on the land around your house without the need to apply for planning permission. These include sheds, garages, greenhouses, accommodation for pets and domestic animals, summerhouses, sauna cabins and enclosurses (including tennis courts).

you MUST apply for planning permission if any of the following apply:

The proposed building or structure would be closer to a highway than any part of the existing dwelling house, unless the new building is at least 20 metres from a highway. The term highway includes public roads, footpaths, bridleways and byways and is less than 5 metres from dwelling.
More than half the area of land around the existing dwelling would be covered by additions or other buildings.
The proposed building or structure would be used not for domestic purposes but instead, for example, for parking a commercial vehicle, running a business or storing goods in connection with a business.
The building or structure would be more than 4 metres high if it has a ridge root (measure from the highest ground adjoinging the site).
This is a general guideline and may not apply if the proposed buildings is in an Area of Outstanding natural Beauty or if the existing property is listed. Further advice can be sought through local planning authorities

General guide to building regulations

This building is generally exempt from Building Regulations by virtue of Regulation 9 Schedule 2 Class IV, provided it does not exceed 30 square metres in the floor area and is situated more than 1 metre from the boundary of its curtilage.

Our two-bay buildings have a useable floor area of approximately 29.72 square metres (the exact dimensions depend on the choice of bricks) and an overall height of 3.95 metres.





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