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Thinking of converting your agricultural buildings? Have you considered Class R?
Class R was introduced in April 2015 under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015. Class R permits the conversion of agricultural buildings, including land within the curtilage, to commercial uses, subject to certain conditions and limitations. The potential commercial options include farm shops, cafes, storage and hotels.
Class R varies significantly from the better-known Class Q (agricultural buildings to residential dwellings). For example, Class R development rights are still available within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Conservation Area and National Parks. However, it should be noted that an important distinction among Class R and Class Q is that Class R only permits a change of use, not operational development. Often, a subsequent application for operational development will be required to convert the building for the commercial use approved by Class R.
A number of the key limitations are as follows:
If you might have a suitable building ready for conversion, please contact Stags Professional Services Department on 01566 771808 to find out more.