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Changes to UK permitted development legislation will allow for more dwellings to be created from agricultural buildings without planning permission.

Up until now legislation has allowed for the conversion of up to 450 sq m of agriculture building floorspace to a maximum of three dwellings.

The new changes will allow for:

  • Up to three larger homes with a maximum of 465 square metres (an increase of 15 square metres); or
  • Up to five smaller homes, each no larger than 100 square metres; or
  • A mix of both, within a total number of no more than five homes, of which no more than three may be larger homes.

The revised guidance states that the test of whether a proposal is acceptable is whether it can reasonably be described as a ‘conversion’ or whether it crosses the line into a ‘rebuild’. There remains some uncertainty over the point at which a ‘conversion’ becomes a ‘rebuild’ so it is recommended to seek professional advice.

Paul Makinson, agriculture specialist, said: “These announcements indicate the Government is looking to boost the housing supply in rural areas – this provides an excellent opportunity for farmers. Now is an excellent time to consider diversification, especially during such an uncertain time for traditional farming.”

The new amendments will take effect on the 6th April.

For more information, contact Paul Makinson 01244 354810

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