We all know about Class Q barn conversions, but what about Class R?

The Class Q permitted development right which enables the conversion of agricultural buildings to housing without the need for a full planning application has had a lot of attention over the last few years. Less focus has been placed on Class R, which could be the right opportunity for farmers who are looking to diversify an existing agricultural business and continue farming alongside other supplementary incomes. Class R allows you to convert existing agricultural buildings to a flexible commercial use up to 500m2. This could include cafes, restaurants, shops, offices, warehouses, hotels or leisure facilities.

Unlike Class Q, Class R permitted development rights apply to farm buildings located within Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and other locations.

Farm Diversification is also supported under National Planning Policy and by most District Councils, and could be appropriate if diversification plans extended beyond 500m2, or if you had plans for sustainable rural tourism and leisure developments which could prove profitable in the wake of Brexit and the rise in ‘staycation’ holidays.

Whether you are looking to diversify or expand your existing business under Class Q or Class R, or if you are considering other proposals, Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s dedicated Development Land and Planning team have the expertise to assist with all elements of the development and planning process.  Working alongside our in house architectural team, we are able to offer the full planning package.

For an initial consultation please call our Taunton Office on 01823 334466 or email your enquiry to landplanning.taunton@gth.net