rural development, class q, NPPF, permitted development rights, residential development, agricultural buildings, residentdial development, rural diversficationThe ‘Historic Building Restoration Grant’ is being piloted in the Dartmoor, Lake District, Northumberland, Peak District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks with £2 million of funding available.

The aim of the scheme is to help save the iconic historic farm buildings in the English National Parks from falling out of use. Owners of these buildings can now apply for a grant offering 80% towards the cost of restorations that would allow the building can be used again for farming purposes.

The scheme is open until 31st January 2019. A manual has been published providing full details and information needed to apply for the Historic Building Restoration Grant and outlines the additional requirements and processes which must be followed.

The ‘manual‘ outlines what buildings are eligible but generally speaking eligible buildings must be of historic significance, built using traditional materials and methods, and must be evident on an OS map dated on or before 1940.

Any work carried out to Listed Buildings may require Listed Building Consent and/or Planning Permission. If you are within one of these National Parks and would like to investigate further please contact our planning team today.

Read more about the scheme here.