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Tue 6 October 2020
When it comes to converting agricultural buildings, the ‘Class R’ – Permitted Development is often forgotten about. The General permitted Development (England) Order 2015 allows for change of use from an agricultural building (and land within its curtilage to ‘flexible commercial use’
The commercial uses can fall within the following area
Class R, has the benefit over Class Q more commonly used conversions as it can also be used for sites located in National Parks and AONB’s.
There are also always certain clauses which must be met in order to be able to apply for this policy,
As part of the process some local authorities will require details up front regarding operation development aspects, whilst others are happy to condition these as a later requirement (before works can commence)
There are two options for Class R, briefly split into buildings below 150sqm, or buildings exceeding 150sqm. Should the floor area be in the lower category fewer consultations are required by the planning authority. In the higher floor area category, consultations regarding flooding, highways, contamination and noise all start to be taken into account more significantly.
Class R may certainly present you with more opportunities than the other traditional planning routes, however each building needs to be viewed on its own merits and your proposed future use.
McCartneys LLP Planning and Survey Department are able to advise you in all types of change of use planning applications and complex rural planning and survey matters. We are able to assist on such applications as
For further information or to discuss any projects relating to the change of agricultural buildings to dwellings please contact your local McCartneys Planning and Survey Department
Geraint Jones BSc(Hons) MRICS - Kington Planning and Surveying DepartmentTel: 01544 230316, 07875 222835 or email firstname.lastname@example.org