Agricultural enterprises can be subject to uncontrollable market changes, and may be disproportionately affected by extreme climate events, or disease. Such risks can be offset by developing alternative sources of revenue that can see the business through periods of stress.
Agricultural diversification can take many forms, from the reuse of redundant agricultural buildings, to the use of land for leisure activities, or open storage.
Tricorne Planning has considerable experience of dealing with such diversification proposals including barn conversions, equestrian activities and open storage uses.
New classes Q, R and S of schedule 2 to the recently published Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 have introduced ‘permitted development rights’ to enable the conversion of certain agricultural buildings to residential use, a range of commercial uses, or even to a school. These ‘rights’ are however heavily conditioned and restricted, including a requirement that the developer must apply to the local planning authority for a determination as to whether the prior approval of the authority will be required. Tricorne Planning can guide clients through the complexity of the Order and assist with the submission of prior notifications to the planning authority to maximise the potential benefits of these new provisions.