Agricultural and Rural

Class Q Planning Application Approval

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Recently we’ve successfully secured a range of Class Q Approvals.

An example of how we’ve achieved success with Class Q: – the perseverance and persistence by members of the Suffolk Team of Parker Planning Services, together with patience from our client, resulted in us successfully obtaining Class Q Prior Approval for the change of use of this agricultural barn to residential use, near Saxmundham in Suffolk.

Here the team and client successfully demonstrated that the building’s internal structure of vertical steel posts and timber trusses was capable of undergoing a change of use without rebuild.

Plaice Architects’ carefully thought out design maximising the internal space and transforms the barn to create an impressive spacious two bedroom home, in the impressive prominent rural position nestled in the Suffolk countryside, surrounded by the family-owned farmland.

What is Class Q? With regard to agricultural buildings – The Government’s statement in March 2014 on Class Q ‘agricultural to residential change of use’ stated that the ‘reforms will make better use of redundant or under used agricultural buildings, increasing rural housing without building on the countryside’.

The Class Q permitted development right (b) permits building operations which are reasonably necessary to convert an agricultural building to residential use.  The building operations may include “the installation or replacement of windows, doors, roofs, external walls, water, drainage, electricity, gas or other services to the extent reasonably necessary for the building to function as a dwelling house”.

Is it easy to obtain Class Q to convert Agricultural Buildings? Nationally there continues to be high levels of refusal for Class Q planning applications – more often than not these applications are rejected.  Local Authorities vary considerably in their interpretation of these policy matters.   However Parker Planning Services continually achieve high success rates with such applications – we’ll carefully consider the merits and pitfalls for each individual project prior to commission.  Our expert team will only take on cases that we believe we can present as a robust case with a careful strategy in place.  After all – each unique proposal for prior notifications submissions, will vary considerably (every redundant agricultural building is different in structure and location).

Parker Planning can help guide you, and improve your chances of securing approval for the conversion of your barn or redundant agricultural building in a desirable home. Our team have in-depth knowledge and relationships with Local Authorities across Suffolk, Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire in particular.

Get in touch to discuss your project.


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