Farm Building Conversion - Asbestos Survey


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Morning All

Looking to convert the existing stone farm buildings into dwellings before their deterioration gets to the point of no return. I was discussing the way forward with the land agent and he suggested, amongst other things, we would need an asbestos survey which worries me. All of the potential conversions have had asbestos roofs fitted in the past. You cannot dig a hole around the steading without unearthing a piece. Dad used to put bits of asbestos in the ruts to fill them up!

Could this be show stopper for any building conversions? What are my options with an inevitable survey failure?

I think asbestos surveys are limited to the fabric of the buildings themselves. Not going digging around what will be the garden? Besides, what is to stop you excavating around the building to a depth of 2ft and putting the soil/muck/earth some place else on the farm?

Asbestosis is only a risk where someone is chronically exposed for prolonged periods of time.


I had older relatives like that.
When we came to sell the property we had to sort through two farm dumps getting the asbestos out and an enormous amount of plastic too.
It was no great task tbh, just scrat through it all with a mini digger and separated it out. Wore mask, gloves and disposable coveralls and go on with it. Only took two people a few days and not full days by any means. Then hired in a covered skip for the asbestos, double wrapped it in polythene and chucked it in.
Plastic filled one of those great big hooklift skips.

Either tidy the place up ahead of the survey or get and independent survey first and go from there. Asbestos is fairly safe as long as it is damp and you don't go breaking it up more, wear a mask though.

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...