Changes to Permitted Development Rights for Agricultural Buildings Announced

On 5 March, Dominic Raab, the Housing Minister, announced changes to permitted development rights which will allow up to five new homes to be built from an existing agricultural building, which represents a change from the current limit of three.

The amended development rights under Class Q for the change of use of agricultural buildings to provide up to 5 new homes will allow for:

•  up to 3 larger homes within a maximum of 465 square metres, or
•  up to 5 smaller homes each no larger than 100 square metres, or
•  a mix of both, within a total of no more than 5 homes, of which no more than 3 may be larger homes.

To further support housing delivery, applicants will also have a further year in which to benefit from the temporary permitted development right under Class P for the change of use of buildings used for storage and distribution to residential use. The right has been extended by a year until 10 June 2019.

The regulations come into force on 6 April and support the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s focus on making the most effective use of land or buildings.

For further advice on these matters, please contact Claudia Dietz on 07711 555 590 or via email at

Author: Claudia Dietz

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