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Unlocking the potential of farm buildings

Many farmers will be familiar with ‘Class Q’ permitted development rights that allow the change of use of agricultural buildings to residential dwellings without the requirement to apply for full planning...

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Agricultural occupancy conditions

“A recent case for a client of ours serves as a useful reminder that, in certain circumstances, development that has been carried out that was not in accordance with the approved...

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Removal of section 106 agreements

“Section 106 (S106) planning agreements have been used over the years by local planning authorities to prevent farms being sub divided when they approved agricultural worker dwellings. These agreements often have...

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Tenant wins claim against crown estate

“In a high profile case reported in the farming press, clients of Acorn Rural Property Consultants have won an important case against the Crown Estate”, says Mark Sanders of Acorn Rural...

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Class Q conversion of steel frame buildings

“The High Court has handed down a significant ruling on whether proposed works necessary to change an agricultural building to a dwelling went further than a conversion and amounted to rebuilding...

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Permitted development rights and the 56 day rule

“We have previously discussed the strict time limit that local planning authorities (LPAs) have to determine prior approval applications under permitted development rights (PDRs) for the change of use of agricultural...

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