Planning Permission For Agricultural Building

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How We Can Help With Planning Permission For Your Agricultural Building

Saxby Hatfield understand the complexities when it comes to obtaining planning permission for farm buildings. In many cases, agricultural permitted development rights will apply. To establish if your farm building will be eligible under agricultural permitted development, you can get in touch with our friendly team of experts who will be happy to speak to you about your proposal.

Our team can help you to obtain planning permission for your agricultural steel building project whether your proposal falls under agricultural permitted development or requires a full planning application, we have planning packages to suit different levels of assistance and requirements.

You can involve us at the start of the process and let us handle everything, or use our expertise for specific tasks, such as carrying out a feasibility study.

Our Agricultural Planning Application Services

Agricultural Building Drawings Package - The standard requirement for every application is a suitable scaled outlined location plan and proposal drawings to go with your application whether you are obtaining Pre-application advise, or submitting a full application yourself. We won’t just provide you with an artistic sketch but detailed building drawings carried out by our in-house CAD design team so they can be used in the next steps when you look to obtain building supply and installation quotations.

Agricultural Permitted Development/Prior Notification Application Pack - Together with the drawings package, our Permitted Development Applications include carrying out the written description of the proposed development, and details of the materials to be used in the construction of the building. We will also liaise with the local authority on your behalf.

Agricultural Pre-Planning Advise Applications – If there are any concerns you may have with a proposed steel building project in terms of obtaining planning, your local planning authority has a pre-planning advise service which can be really helpful when it comes to understanding the likely success of a planning application of any kind.

Full Agricultural Planning Applications – In some cases, a full planning application will be required for your agricultural steel building project and our team have carried out a number of these types of applications. These are more in depth than a permitted development applications and can sometimes require additional surveys and reports alongside.

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Agricultural Justification Statement – Supporting Reports for Agricultural Your Building

Are you currently attempting an agricultural planning application or considering a new farm building through permitted development? Your local authority may request an Agricultural Justification Report to support your application. The purpose of this type of report is to provide an objective appraisal of your proposed requirements to support your agricultural planning application.

Agricultural Permitted Development Classes for a Steel Building

Here is a brief overview to give you a clearer understanding of the main agricultural permitted development classes under The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015, Schedule 2 Part 6: Agricultural and Forestry.

Firstly, you need to know the size of the agricultural holding?

Agricultural Unit of 5 Hectares or more = Class A

A) Works for the erection, extension or alteration of a building or;
B) Any excavation of engineering operations

Most importantly you will need to be able to show that the above requirement is reasonably necessary for the purposes for agriculture within that unit.

Agricultural Unit of less than 5 Hectares (but greater than 0.4ha) = Class B

A) Works for the extension or alteration of an agricultural building
B) The installation of additional or replacement of plant or machinery;
C) The provision, rearrangement or replacement of a sewer, main pipe, cable or other apparatus
D) The provision, rearrangement or replacement of a private way
E) The provision of hard surface
F) The deposit of waste; or
G) Certain operations in connection with fish farming;

Again, the above which are reasonably necessary for the purposes for agriculture within that unit.

All the above permitted development criteria may be subject to limitations and/or conditions and some may require a Prior Notification application.

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Agricultural Change of Use Classes

Class Q - barns and agricultural buildings to residential

Class R – agricultural building conversion to flexible commercial use

This allows for change of use from an agricultural building (and land within its curtilage) in England to flexible commercial use. For example, if you are looking to convert an agricultural barn into an office, warehouse or lettable units.

The above is subject to conditions, for more information and further guidance on the conversion of agricultural buildings, visit

Saxby Hatfield specialises in all types of planning applications for agricultural use, we are based Leicestershire but we cover projects across England, so if you are interested in finding out more about any of our agricultural planning services, or you have a question about planning permission for a farm building, please do not hesitate to get in touch and give us a call on 01664 566 119.

Contact us for an informal discussion about your requirements, or for more information about agricultural steel buildings or our company. Following initial consultation we can provide an outline proposal detailing how we can help and the costs involved.

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