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Case study 3. Redevelopment of redundant rural building

Wharfe Rural Planning were instructed to provide advice in regard to a redundant equestrian building in the Green Belt within the Local Planning Authority area of Cheshire East Council. A number of options were possible however the greatest financial return was available by redeveloping the site as a dwelling. The [...]

Anaerobic digestion plants approved

Three anaerobic digestion plants approved We are pleased to report that we have secured planning permission for three micro anaerobic digestion plants in December 2016, two in Cheshire and one in Shropshire.  It was confirmed at the start of December 2016 that the tariffs payable under the renewable heat incentive scheme will reduce in 2017 [...]

Straw based pig finishing unit approved

Agricultural buildings and a temporary agricultural workers dwelling approved We are pleased to report that planning permission for two large agricultural buildings for the rearing of pigs and an associated agricultural workers dwelling was unanimously approved by Shropshire Council's Northern Planning Committee on 5 October 2016.  There had been significant opposition to the scheme including over [...]

Agricultural to residential permitted development rights

Class MB permitted development rights Schedule 2, Part 3, Class MB of the Town and Country (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (as amended) introduced in April 2014 permitted development rights to convert redundant agricultural buildings to residential use. The introduction of the new ‘rights’ initiated grand announcements from politicians and much debate in the planning [...]

Agricultural Occupancy Conditions removed without marketing

There is a common misconception that houses subject to an “agricultural tie” have to be advertised for sale for at least a year prior to attempting removal of the condition. This is not always the case and there are several questions that should be explored before marketing is considered. • Has the property been built [...]

On farm renewable energy production no longer needs full planning

It is very welcome news for the agricultural and forestry community that permitted development rights have been updated to include renewable energy production.  The rights now include:  New buildings and extensions can be erected to house biomass boilers, anaerobic digestion systems together with the fuel and waste associated with those systems and also for housing [...]

Hat-trick of agricultural buildings

We are pleased to report this week we have a secured a hat trick of agricultural buildings including a grain store, cubicle shed and silage clamp. Every building and planning application poses a unique set of challenges whether it be objecting neighbours, roosting barn owls, dangerous access, or harm to the green belt.  Our experience, [...]

Initial Feasibility Reports

Planning application fees are often thousands of pounds and mistakes can be costly, we always strive to deliver cost effective solutions.  For this reason we recommend to clients contemplating relatively ambitious proposals to consider an initial feasibility report that will analyse proposals in relation to current planning policy and can include other advisers from our [...]

Landmark case affirms Agricultural Permitted Development Rights

In the Court of Appeal after a two year battle with the planning system a Norfolk farmer has been awarded a landmark ruling that will make it easier for farmers to erect new buildings.  Mr & Mrs Murrell with the support of the NFU’s Legal Assistance Scheme challenged a planning inspectors decision to refuse their [...]

Is my Greenfield Green Belt?

A common confusion when visiting sites is the difference between the terms Greenfield and Green Belt.  The first is any site that has not been previously developed i.e. not Brownfield.  Green Belt is a planning designation that significantly restricts development within that area.  There are 14 Green Belts in the UK, they were first enacted [...]