New planning rules allow agricultural buildings to be converted to houses

As of 6th April 2014, new relaxed planning rules now allow farmers to convert their redundant, under-used agricultural buildings into houses. Up to 450 sqm (4,850 sqf) of buildings per farm can now be turned into a maximum of three houses or flats.

The new rules will not apply in Conservation Areas, National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, SSSIs nor if the building is listed or a Scheduled Monument.

For those where the new rules do apply, there are a number of limitations to any conversion:

This change in legislation will undoubtedly offer opportunities for many rural businesses. It remains to be seen how it will work in practice and whether Councils will try and use the prior approval process to de-rail conversion schemes.

For an initial consultation as to whether you may benefit from the new rules, please email details to me (including address and postcode of farm/site; and if possible a location plan/or googlemap). Alternatively please give me a call.