Class Q & Class R - Permitted Development Rights - Change of Use of Agri Buildings
Planning Approval to Convert Agricultural Buildings into Bespoke New Homes or Commercial premises

We can help you apply for to convert an agricutural building into a residential dwelling under Class Q - get in touch
We can help you apply for to convert an agricutural building into a residential dwelling under Class Q - get in touch

Class Q | Agricultural to Residential

We can help you use Permitted Development Rights (Class Q) for the change of use and conversion of former agricultural buildings into unique and bespoke character homes. 

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With large open spaces inside, agricultural buildings have fantastic potential for conversion and our innovative architectural design solutions have delivered spectacular results for our clients on numerous conversions all over the UK. 

Using Class Q 'permitted development rights' which enable the conversion of former agricultural buildings into unique character homes can be one solution.

Provided certain criteria are met, in many cases it is possible to use 'permitted development rights' contained in the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 – under Part 3 Class Q, to convert agricultural buildings and barns into dwellings. 

There are some restrictions that apply, and it can be a complex process, but here at Fytche-Taylor Planning this is one of our specialist areas and we have built a solid reputation for achieving great outcomes for our clients - including using Class Q as fallback position to create new dwellings in rural locations.  

Class R | Agricultural to Commercial

Our clients regularly come to us seeking advice on how to maximise the value of their land and assets - including farm diversification and ways to use their agricultural buildings to generate an income from other uses, including commercial storage and other business opportunities.

If this sounds like you too, then 'Class R' Prior Approval may be the answer you are looking for!  We can help you every step of the way, talking through the options and navigating the ever-complicated planning system!

Class R Prior Approval - planning applications for change of use and all architectural plans

If you own agricultural buildings Class R offers a great way to earn potential rental income!

Class R regulations came into force in April 2015 under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015.

'Class R' allows the conversion from agricultural buildings to commercial (including storage and office space) using permitted development rights, subject to specific limitations and certain conditions.  Contact us today to discuss Change of Use. 

This can be an incredibly worthwhile process - take a look at one of our recent projects in Hardwick and this one in Billinghay to see how we did it (click to open in a new tab).

Class R Prior Approval - Agricultural to Commercial (including storage and office space)
Barn Conversions and Heritage Agricultural Buildings - Specialists in support for all forms of change of use planning applications
Barn Conversions and Heritage Agricultural Buildings - Specialists in support for all forms of change of use planning applications
Planning Applications & Architectural Design: Everything you need to gain planning permission for your barn conversion – including listed sites and heritage buildings.
Planning Applications & Architectural Design: Everything you need to gain planning permission for your barn conversion – including listed sites and heritage buildings.

Heritage Barn Conversion?

If your building is a little older then you're in great hands with Fytche-Taylor Planning.  With our combined experience across planning, heritage and construction, we are specialists in Barn Conversions for older buildings that require full planning permission or listed building consent.  Click here to see more about our specialist Barn Conversion services - including advice, full architectural design and assistance through the complex Planning Application and Building Regultaion requirements. 

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Not Eligible for Class Q?  When might Planning Permission be needed instead?
If your building does not meet the criteria for conversion, then planning permission will be needed to formally change the use of the building.  In the case of conversions, permission is necessary where any works meet the statutory definition of ‘development’, as set out in section 55 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.  ‘Development’ includes:

  • building operations (eg structural alterations, construction, rebuilding, most demolition);
  • material changes of use of land and buildings;
  • engineering operations (eg groundworks) and mining operations;
  • other operations normally undertaken by a person carrying on a business as a builder.
  • subdivision of a building (including any part it) used as a dwellinghouse for use as 2 or more separate dwelling houses

The categories of work that do not amount to ‘development’ are set out in section 55(2) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. These include, but are not limited to the following:

  • interior alterations (except mezzanine floors which increase the floorspace of retail premises by more than 200 square metres)
  • building operations which do not materially affect the external appearance of a building. The term ‘materially affect’ has no statutory definition, but is linked to the significance of the change which is made to a building’s external appearance.
  • a change in the primary use of land or buildings, where the before and after use falls within the same use class.

Why us?  We are proud to have achieved a solid reputation for successfully obtaining planning permission for a broad range of developments, ranging from bespoke individual properties, conversions and extensions through to some of the region’s largest new housing developments and regeneration projects - plus a range of commercial, leisure and sports developments. 

You are in safe hands usings our advice and design services - to date, all of the applications we submitted on behalf of our clients for barn conversions have gained planning approval.

However, if you havent used us and your project has not tuned out as you'd hoped and even if your used a different architect or planning consultants, we can help!

Contact us and let's get started!   

Class Q & Class R - Permitted Development Rights - Change of Use of Agri Buildings