Securing planning permission on agricultural land can be extremely difficult, whether that is for an extension, a single dwelling or a large scale development. Recently, however, the government has consulted on a range of new planning policies which could see it become easier to secure approval for a variety of development types.
As well as reinforcing the existing requirement for councils to have a five-year supply of deliverable housing land, the proposed changes would introduce a range of other ways in which planning permission could be secured.
These include policy support for building a new home for those taking control of a farming business. This change is designed to make it easier for farmers to retire and pass the farm on to their children without having to leave their home too. At a larger scale, new homes could be allowed on sites that are otherwise unallocated for development provided they are meeting a need for first-time buyers.
Paul Smith, our managing director, has written about these and other changes in detail in an article for the Farmers Guardian.
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