Potential Changes to Permitted Development Rights under The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill?

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. 

Symonds & Sampson Planning & Development 
Symonds & Sampson Diversification 

Meet the Planning & Diversification Team


Andrew Tregay


Head of Planning
Sturminster Newton

MPlan MRTPI 


Department: Rural and Agricultural, Sturminster Newton Rural and Agricultural, Professional, New Homes
Speciality: Development Land, Diversification, Farms and Land, Planner


01258 472244
07508 750598
atregay@symondsandsampson.co.uk

Edward Dyke


Partner
Sturminster Newton

FRICS FAAV



Department: Rural and Agricultural, Professional, Sturminster Newton Rural and Agricultural

Speciality: Agricultural Tenancies, Agricultural Appraisals, AMC Boundary Disputes, Compensation, Compulsory Purchase, Contract Farming, Development Land, Diversification, Easements, Expert Witness, Farm Business Tenancies, Farms and Land, Grass Keep, Option Agreements, Options, Planner, Preparation of Plans for Land Registry, Probate, Promotions, RICS Registered Valuer, RICS Valuer, Tax Planning, Valuations, Valuations for Banks, Wayleaves
01258 474261
07787 128286
edyke@symondsandsampson.co.uk

A-J Monro (Andrew)


Partner, Head of Professional Services
Wimborne

BSC(Hons) MRICS FAAV APAEWE

Department: Rural and Agricultural, Professional, Wimborne Rural and Agricultural

Speciality: Agricultural Tenancies, AMC, Boundary Disputes, BPS, Compensation, Contract Farming, Development Land, Diversification, Easements, Energy, Expert Witness, Farm Business Tenancies, Farm Finance, Farms and Land, Grass Keep, Option Agreements, Options, Planner, Preparation of Plans for Land Registry, Probate, RICS Registered Valuer, RICS Valuer, Rural Grants and Subsidies, Tax Planning, Telecoms, Valuations, Valuations for Banks, Wayleaves



01202 882103
07867 555838
amonro@symondsandsampson.co.uk

Richard Miller


Managing Partner
Dorchester, Poundbury Burraton House

MRICS FAAV

Department: Rural and Agricultural, Professional, Dorchester Rural and Agricultural, Burraton Rural and Agricultural

Speciality: Agricultural Tenancies, Boundary Disputes, Compensation, Compulsory Purchase, Contract Farming, Development Land, Easements, Estate Management, Farm Business Tenancies, Option Agreements, Options, Preparation of Plans for Land Registry, Probate, Promotions, RICS Registered Valuer, RICS Valuer, Tax Planning, Valuations, Wayleaves


01305 236574
rmiller@symondsandsampson.co.uk

Lucy Carnell


Rural Surveyor
Yeovil

BSc (Hons) MRICS 


Department: Yeovil Rural and Agricultural, Rural and Agricultural, Professional
Service: BPS, Compensation, Compulsory Purchase, Easements, Farms and Land, Grass Keep, Preparations of Plans for Land Registry, Probate, RICS Registered Valuer, RICS Valuer, Rural Grants and Subsidies, Valuations, Wayleaves


01935 382901
07940256550
lcarnell@symondsandsampson.co.uk

Annabel Douglas


Rural Surveyor
Bridport

MSc MRICS FAAV


Department: Rural and Agricultural, Bridport Rural and Agricultural, Professional
Speciality: Agricultural Tenancies, Agricultural Appraisals, BPS, Compensation, Diversification, Estate Management, Farm Business Tenancies, Grass Keep, Planner, Preparation of Plans for Land Registry, Probate, RICS Registered Valuer, RICS Valuer, Rural Grants and Subsidies, Tax Planning, Valuations, Valuations for Banks



01308 459564 adouglas@symondsandsampson.co.uk