Know How / Planning permission

Farmers looking to erect a new shed, convert a redundant barn or sell land for development will find themselves navigating the planning system. Read practical advice on topics such as permitted development rights, how to approach a planning application and your rights if you have been affected by a compulsory purchase order.

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Business Clinic: Do I need permission to replace wall?

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Here, Alex Madden of Thrings advises on the planning aspects of removing and old wall…


Business Clinic: Can I convert dairy shed to residential use?

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Here, Nicola Palfrey of Carter Jonas advises on the prospects for making use of permitted…


Farmworker dwelling permission: What you need to know

Getting planning permission for a farmworker’s dwelling can be tricky as significant documentary evidence will need to be compiled to show the planning authority that there is a clear need.…


Planning enforcement orders: what they are, how to avoid them

Farmers are at risk of legal action from their local authority if they fail to secure the correct planning permission for building on their land. Planning enforcement orders were introduced…


Agricultural Occupancy Conditions explained

Thousands of properties in rural areas across the UK have restrictions on what type of person can occupy them, reducing their potential value and their demand from potential buyers. Andrew…


What ‘hidden’ elements of farm ownership can hold up sales?

Buying and selling land and property can be complicated, and certain things that seem minor can easily slip through the net and really restrict progress. Farmers Weekly asked land agents…


Business Clinic: Does change of use need planning permission?

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Here, Fred Quartermain of solicitor Thrings explains a planning issue concerning a change of use…


Planning permission High Court challenge - 10 things to know

A High Court challenge could provide the solution to a problem planning decision. But how straightforward is the process? If you disagree with a local authority’s decision to grant planning…


How to diversify agricultural land: building to rent or sell

Many farmers are looking to expand their business and generate new revenues through diversification, amid relentless pressure on yields coupled with uncertainty over the future. Carefully planned residential and commercial…


What farmers considering land development need to know

Submitting planning applications for new builds or agricultural building conversions can seem a difficult task but should be seen as an opportunity. Landowners can develop their holdings into residential sites…


Main planning changes in 2018 for farmers to know about

Housing and planning policies have a big impact on what farmers and landowners can build, where it can be sited, what it will look like and what it can be…


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How Class Q development rights are working in practice

There has been a mixed reception to permitted development rights (PDRs) allowing the change of use of agricultural buildings to residential units, writes Stephanie Baker, senior planning officer at Hart…


Farmers caught in development tax postcode lottery

Agricultural buildings and developments are being taxed inconsistently across Britain, at a cost of thousands of pounds to the farmers caught up in a postcode lottery. The community infrastructure levy…


New policy could make it easier to build rural housing

More than one in four CLA members want to build affordable housing. A new way to develop more homes of this type in the countryside is being proposed by the…


Housebuilding boom - what does it mean for farmers?

Farmers risk losing potential land value to the government-backed boom in construction projects unless they take a more active role in the development process, planning experts have warned. Both the…


What farmers need to know about the new telecoms code

A new code covering mobile phone and broadband infrastructure is to come into force later this year – affecting all landowners with telecoms equipment on their land. So what are…


Why the CIL planning tax is costing farmers thousands

Farmers putting up agricultural buildings and houses are falling foul of a planning tax that is leaving some facing bills as high as £26,000. Half of all councils in England and…


Opposition and errors hamper poultry planning applications

Poultry farmers are finding it harder than ever to get planning applications for new buildings through the system. Local authorities are making too many mistakes in the planning process and…