Daniel Metcalfe
Copyright Daniel Metcalfe 2013

Permitted farm use changes

August 15, 2014

Recent changes in permitted development legislation allow certain farm buildings to change use from agricultural to domestic (or other specified uses) without formal planning consent. This is known as ‘prior approval’ and will be granted for the use class change only. A separate consent will be required for the external changes, parking arrangements and detailed design and this is where local authority planning departments can block unreasonable development. Furthermore the new rights do not extend to listed buildings and national parks so safe guards are in place to protect our most precious heritage. However, in some cases the best way to allow the continued life of a farm building is to consent to its change of use to something more viable. Farming is very different today to what existed even 50 years ago and hence society must move with the times, allowing appropriate conversions where the situation dictates.

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