So what became of the rural planning review?

The publication of the summary of responses to consultation published this February has, yes you guessed it, resulted in more consultation!  But it shouldn’t be seen as bad news, arguably just delayed action (providing something ends up happening). 

The latest proposals seek the views on extending the thresholds for agricultural permitted development rights to help farmers, and on a new agricultural to residential permitted development right to help provide housing for rural workers (with a possibility of allowing up to 750sqm of agricultural building to go to residential, for a maximum of 5 new dwellings, each with a floor space of no more than 150sqm).  So don’t miss the opportunity to have your say by 2 May 2017.

We were also pleased to see amendments to guidance to better support the development of farm shops, polytunnels and on-farm reservoirs is being proposed.  Watch this space.

The intention to clarify what constitutes building operations reasonably necessary to convert agricultural buildings to residential uses within permitted development rights should help Council’s be more positive towards delivering much needed housing and farm diversification.

Clarifying the position on building operations will also be useful for those looking to benefit from the potential opportunities that exist for converting offices and storage premises to residential units and the new permitted development rights available this autumn for converting industrial units to homes.

So whilst the rural review continues to be reviewed, we are working hard for clients to utilise planning opportunities that still exist for many able to capitalise on permitted development rights, exploit shortfall’s in housing numbers and outdated local plans.  Should you be reviewing your options?

Tom Ogden BSc (Hons) MRICS MBIAC AssocRTPI. Director at Bloomfields

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2 thoughts on “So what became of the rural planning review?”

  1. Please could you send me a printed copy of the March Farmland magazine
    38 Countess Street Heaviley Stockport Cheshire Sk2 6hd. Thank you

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