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Permitted Development Rules for Farm Buildings Extended

In a bid to further extend the development of rural housing the government recently announced changes to permitted development rights which will come into force on 6th April 2018 .

These are:

  • To allow conversion of agricultural buildings of up to five dwellings (of a maximum of 100sqm), or three larger dwellings up to 465sqm, or a mixture of both which no more than 3 shall be larger swellings
  • The threshold for agricultural buildings permitted development will increase from 465sqm to 1000sqm
  • The right to convert storage buildings to dwellings will be extended by another 12 months

This opens up further opportunities to diversify and strengthen for some rural businesses and if it is something that you wish to consider then contact a planning specialist to look at what is available to you. Before you do any development or change of use do please look at the tax planning as there are lots of traps to be avoided and you want to make the most of the opportunities.

Written by Margaret Scarrott FCCA BIAC


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