Boost for rural homes

Housing Minister Dominic Raab MP has just announced plans to boost homes for rural families by extending the permitted development thresholds that apply to agricultural barn to residential conversions.

Boost for rural homes

The legislation referred to as Class Q of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 will be modified to allow development of 3 larger homes with a maximum of 465 square metres or 5 smaller homes no larger than 100 square metres or a mix of both. The new rights come into force from 6th April 2018, with the legislation yet to be published.

Edward Dyke partner at Symonds & Sampson LLP says ‘This is great news for local landowners and farmers. The increased thresholds will make the best use of existing buildings. The devil, however, will be in the detail’.

In addition Government has released updated guidance stating that internal works are not generally development. For applicants this opens up new possibilities for building layouts, with the addition of mezzanine or upper floors, new internal walls and internal structural works.

Permitted development rights applicable to storage and distribution buildings allowing them to be converted into new homes are also due to be extended for an additional year.

As a result there hasn’t been a better time to put in a Class Q application so if you have a barn that you think may be suitable for conversion or had prior approval refused based on the requirement for internal structural works, contact us and one of our planning team will be pleased to guide you through the application process.

For more information contact Edward Dyke FRICS FAAV on 01258 472244 or

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