Published: 21/09/2023 By Beatrice Foale
Under the current General Permitted Development Order (GPDO), agricultural buildings can be converted to commercial and residential use when specified conditions are met. In the summer, the Government published a consultation document outlining several proposed changes to the current GPDO, including the conversion of agricultural buildings and the addition of farm diversification.
Beatrice Foale, Rural Surveyor at our Devizes Office outlines some of the key proposals which, if adopted, will create more opportunity for Class Q or Class R permitted development, one of the most common and frequently used means of gaining residential or commercial planning consent, and widely undertaken by Symonds & Sampson LLP across the region.
• A proposal to increase the allowances mentioned under Class Q to allow for the conversion of up to 10 dwellings, with a maximum floor area of 1,000m2 in total. While the allocation of a smaller home will remain at 100m2, larger dwellings are proposed to be reduced to 150m2. This will benefit the local council in achieving further affordable housing.
• A proposal to remove the wording that a building was solely in agricultural use, opening the development of buildings which have been reoccupied for other proposes such as stabling or storage. There is also the possibility that not only the building curtilage could be converted but also the addition of a four-metre single-storey extension.
• To allow the conversion of buildings on Article 2(3) land, including Conservation Areas, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks, which to date has not been permitted.
• To widen the scope for Class R, allowing for an extension of up to 1000 sqm to be converted and the potential for further farm diversification to include outdoor sports and recreation.
The consultation is currently in place until 25th September 2023 and if adopted could lead to development that would not be permitted under current legislation. Therefore, if you would like further details, or to discuss how these proposals might affect your potential development, please contact Beatrice on 01380 710538 or our planning and diversification experts (below) in your nearest office.
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