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).
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.
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still exist for many able to capitalise on permitted development rights, exploit shortfall’s in housing numbers and outdated local plans.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