“Part 3 of Schedule 2 of The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 sets out the permitted development rights for changes of use. We have written previously about Class Q and Class R which cover changes of use of agricultural buildings to residential and business use, but we have not written about the much less known and used Class V”, says Brian Dinnis of Acorn Rural Property Consultants.
“The wording of Class V refers to development consisting of a change of use of a building or other land from a use permitted by planning permission granted on an application, to another use which that permission would have specifically authorised when it was granted. To make use of Class V, an applicant would make a planning application to change the use of a building, for example, to a farm shop and to offices and, in the same application, to say that Class V is to apply to the consent. If the planning application is granted, it would then be possible for the use of the building to change between the two uses without needing to make any further planning applications,” explains Dinnis.
“Under Class V the flexibility to change between the different uses applies for 10 years from the date of the grant of the planning consent. That means that, in practice, after the 10-year date, the authorised use of the building or land is whatever the actual use was on the relevant date. If further flexibility is still required after the 10-year date, an applicant would be able to make another application under Class V, assuming it is still available”, continues Dinnis.
“Although Class V is more commonly used in urban areas where tenants of commercial property may appreciate having the flexibility of potential different uses, it is also useful in the context of diversification where an applicant may want to have a go at developing an alternative business but may want also to retain the flexibility to let all or part of a building to somebody else until such time as the new enterprise is established”, concludes Dinnis.
For further information on any rural planning matters please contact Brian Dinnis on 01884 214052 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.