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Changes to permitted development rights for agricultural sites

by on May 3, 2018

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) Order 2018 came into effect on 6 April. This is an amendment to the original Order issued in 2015. 

The 2018 amendment was issued to:

  • extend the existing temporary permitted development right to change the use of buildings in storage or distribution use to residential use;
  • increase the size limits that apply to permitted development on agricultural land;
  • amend the existing right to change use of agricultural buildings to residential use to allow up to a total of five dwellinghouses, subject to limitations and conditions. In addition, to increase the floor space limits of agricultural buildings permitted to change use to residential use for larger dwelling houses;
  • make permanent the existing temporary removal of requirements to submit prior approval applications for telecommunications development in protected areas in connection with fixed-line broadband installation;
  • make a technical change to introduce a modified procedure in relation to consideration of prior approval applications for permitted development rights.

The full documents can be accessed via our legislation directory.

In response to these amendments, the Planning Portal have updated our content and PDF forms and will shortly be updating our online application service.

Content in the ‘Change of Use’ common project section has been updated in regard to the amended Permitted Development rights for Agricultural Buildings changing to Dwellinghouses.

The Prior Approval form in this regard (Notification for Prior Approval of Proposed Change of Use of Agricultural Building to a Dwellinghouse (Use Class C3), and for Associated Operational Development) has also been updated to account for the changes and additional information requirements.

Separately, we have also updated the relevant sections of our ‘Application for Prior Notification of Proposed Agricultural or Forestry development – Proposed Building’.

  • The content and help text updates to the ‘Proposed Building’ question on our online (1App) version of the form are now live.
  • Updates to the PDF form, available through our paper forms chooser and the direct links we supply to local authorities, are also live.

The guidance note and help text for this application type have also been updated to better reference the legislation.

For more information on planning policy and legislation, visit our professional portal.

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  1. Hello,
    Just a summary would be most useful.
    Regards Edward

  2. Hello,
    Just a summary would be most useful.
    Apologies ., I did not see the next section,all in order. Regards Edward

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