Conversion of Agricultural Buildings into Dwellings

The Government is making it easier to convert agricultural buildings into residential dwellings. It has introduced amendments to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (‘the GPDO’), in respect of the permitted change of use from agricultural buildings to dwellinghouses. From 6th April 2018, up to five dwellinghouses can be created through the use of Class Q of Part 3 of Schedule 2 of the GPDO, in an attempt to boost the supply of housing in rural areas. (Previously, a maximum of three dwellinghouses could be created). Within the amendments, the Government has introduced two types of dwellinghouse;…

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Within Reason

Local Planning Authorities must provide reasons for their decisions, whether those decisions are taken by committee or by delegated officers. Here is an article by our Partner, Anna Russell-Knee, which explains the duty to give reasons.

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