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An agricultural building change of use can offer owners the chance to diversify into new businesses and generate much-needed income. However, as many of the developments allowed under the General Permitted Development Order are excluded from areas such as National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Conservation Areas, farmers and landowners in these areas often find themselves unable to pursue their dreams of a new income stream.
Nevertheless, clients are rarely aware of a lesser-known set of regulations with fewer exclusions that could provide new opportunity. Class R allows the change of use of an agricultural building to a flexible commercial use within any of the following uses:
Unlike other sets of permitted development regulations, Class R is not excluded from use within National Parks, AONBs or Conservation Areas. Therefore, for many agricultural property owners within these areas, Class R can act as an important tool for securing a change of use to diversify an agricultural business or gain an uplift in value.
There is still a number of criteria that must be met and restrictions that apply:
As long as it complies with these terms, all types of building can qualify, ranging from traditional stone barns to modern sheds.
If you have any questions about Class R or wish to seek further planning advice, please do not hesitate to contact our Professional Services department.