Following widespread consultation, July saw the Government publish its revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) – the biggest shake up since its introduction in 2012. The presumption in favour of sustainable development remained at the heart of the framework.
Also included were changes to permitted development rights, offering more options to convert agricultural buildings into family homes.
In acknowledging the challenging issues faced by farmers and the rural community, the Government demonstrated that a greater level of flexibility is required in order to address the needs of both.
The changes will make it easier for farmers to develop their individual businesses, while the wider issue of housing targets and a lack of affordable homes available to rural families will also be addressed.
The changes are set to help communities make the best use of existing buildings in a bid to meet local housing needs more efficiently, while at the same time ensuring they remain in keeping with the character of the area and safeguard people’s privacy.
Briefly, extended permitted development rights now include:
- More flexibility to convert agricultural buildings to residential properties to boost rural housing needs. In order to meet the specific needs of their own rural community, they will be able to change the use of agricultural building to 3 larger homes (a maximum of up to 465 sq metres), 5 smaller homes (each up to 100 sq metres) or a mixture of both.
- In recognition by the Government that modern day farming practices have changed, farmers will be permitted to build new agricultural buildings up to 1,000 sq metres – more than double the size of those currently allowed.
- An additional year to the temporary permitted development rights to convert storage and distribution buildings into new homes.”
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