Comment on Government Response to the Rural Planning Review Call for Evidence

Along with the publication of the Government’s Planning White Paper earlier this week, their response to last year’s consultation process on rural planning was also published.

In a nutshell, key matters on rural issues include:-

  • Consulting on extension to agricultural permitted development rights
  • Consulting on allowing change of use of agricultural buildings of up to 750sgm (up to 5 new dwellings)
  • Will also be providing new guidance on farm shops (so they are not subject to unduly onerous conditions), polytunnels and on-farm reservoir development
  • Class Q permitted development rights will be increasing – threshold from 450sqm to 465 sqm to bring it in line with permitted development thresholds for agricultural development (assume this may be imminent and aside from the consultation process of bullet point 2).

James Podesta, Acting Head of Planning at Rural Solutions,  commented “Rural Solutions welcomes the publication of the Governments response to the Rural Planning Review Call for Evidence. We are encouraged that they are proposing further consultation on extending the thresholds for agricultural permitted development rights, and also seeking views on amending existing permitted development rights to support more flexibility. We are pleased to see that the Government has committed to make clear in guidance that planning conditions on farm shops should be reasonable and proportionate, and we are also optimistic that further consultation on new agricultural to residential use permitted development will see the threshold for conversion increased up to 750sqm (from 450sqm previously). We are, however, disappointed to note that the Government has not clearly addressed the issue of bringing agricultural buildings and farmyards within the definition of brownfield land, which we consider does not fit the Government’s objective to increase development on brownfield land. Rural Solutions will be responding to the consultation on this matter.”

One Comment

  • chris Heal says:

    Permitted development of agricultural barns to residential should include all buildings that can be structurally altered with minimal works which at present applications which do not provide a structural survey are being refused by east devon district council planners. This requirement should be after the approval has been granted or this will deter a lot of potential barns being brought forward combined with all the other reasons that the planners use to refuse. The goverment should be pressing the planners to encourage more of the opportunities available for permitted development on conversions as there are thousands of this type of buildings throughout the UK which would qualify inc barns previously used for equestrian use , redundant buildings in the countryside particularly those within the near vicinity of a village but do not presently qualify as the village has been classed as unsustainable even though some applications previously allowed on appeal prior to the unsustainable classification notice were passed .

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