Every farm has buildings, ranging from traditional barns to steel frame structures, many of which are suitable for re use for a variety of different enterprises, such as office, industrial, storage, leisure and tourism, and equestrian. “Most schemes require planning permission and the introduction of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) introduced earlier this year should be making it easier for farmers and landowners looking to diversify and set up new business opportunities”, advises Brian Dinnis of Acorn Rural Property Consultants.
The NPPF puts great emphasis on a need for change in rural communities to allow for new economic development to create jobs and prosperity. It recognises rural areas play an important role in the national economy by setting out sustainable growth and expansion of all types of business and enterprise in rural areas through conversion of existing buildings and well designed new buildings should be treated favourably. It also states that residential development may be appropriate where it would re-use redundant or disused buildings and lead to an enhancement of the setting.
“In addition to considering new projects, the NPPF presents the opportunity to revisit proposals for the reuse or replacement of buildings that have been refused consent in the past where increased business activity and economic growth has not been given sufficient weight by the local planning authority,” says Dinnis.
For further information or advice please contact Brian Dinnis at Acorn Rural Property Consultants on 01884 214052