Thought you were running out of time to submit that Class B8 building to a dwelling application?

Think again!

This morning the Housing Minister announced that to further support housing delivery, applicants will have a further year in which to benefit from the temporary permitted development right for the change of use of buildings used for storage and distribution to residential use. The right will be extended by a year until 10 June 2019.

Contact us to get started on your Prior Notification application.

Hit the 3 dwelling buffer with your Class Q conversions? Think again – look for up to 5!

The Housing Minister announced this morning that the General Permitted Development Order will be changed on the 6th April (only for a year) to allow the conversion of agricultural buildings 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.

So, if you have previously only been able to develop up to the previous 3 dwelling limit, give us a call to discuss how you might be able to benefit from this temporary extension for dwellings from agricultural buildings.  Time is of the essence!

Appeal won to convert barn to dwelling under Class Q

It took two planning applications and an appeal to the Secretary of State to finally be granted planning permission to convert this beauty into a dwelling.


The issue centred around whether the appellant must “prove beyond all reasonable doubt” that the building and its associated land was in sole agricultural use.   Continue reading Appeal won to convert barn to dwelling under Class Q

Another successful Certificate

c2c Planning Consultants have just gained a Certificate of Established Use for the continued use of a holiday let as dwelling.

Planning permission had been granted to convert a barn to a holiday let some years ago, but in more recent years the property had been let to tenants.

Having reviewed the evidence before the submission of the application, we were happy that we could present the evidence in a fashion that the Council would agree with us that the use was lawful.  The information supplied in support of the application was sufficiently detailed to prove that it has been occupied in excess of 10 years without compliance with the holidaymaker occupancy condition.

Whilst the property had been vacant, there has never been any intention to relinquish the residential use of the property and these voids were to renovate the property and search from appropriate tenants, all in furtherance of the breach of condition. Such breaks are common when dealing with the routine departure and arrival of different tenants.

It was found by Taunton Deane Borough Council to be lawful. We are very happy to say that a certificate of lawfulness was granted on that basis.