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Foxley Tagg News - Successful appeal for the conversion of an agricultural building to a dwelling.

On appeal, Foxley Tagg have just received approval, under the provisions of Schedule 2, Part 3, Class Q of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (as amended), for the change of use of an agricultural building to a dwelling.

This was particularly satisfying as it followed an original refusal by the local Council on grounds that the building was not of a permanent and substantial construction and that the change of use would constitute ‘inappropriate’ development in the Green Belt.

Foxley Tagg submitted a detailed Appeal which demonstrated that the existing building, given its blockwork construction upon a concrete base, was indeed intended to be permanent and that the works required to create a dwelling could be undertaken without new structural elements.

The Appeal also established that the proposed conversion works would be in keeping with the rural nature of the building and that there would be benefits to the Green Belt designation given the demolition of an attached lean-to structure.

The Inspector found that, “that the location or siting of the building does not make it impractical or undesirable for the building to change its use from agricultural use to a dwelling” and that “There is no convincing evidence before me that the building is not structurally sound. In my judgement the limited proposed works required to make the building habitable do not, in themselves, mean that the building is not of permanent or substantial construction”.

In terms of the Green Belt it was concluded that, “Consequently the proposal would maintain and marginally improve openness, one of the essential characteristics of the Green Belt. I am therefore satisfied that the re-use of the building is an exception under paragraph 90 and would not constitute inappropriate development within the Green Belt”.

As such the decision is clear reiteration of updated National Planning Policy Guidance relating to such conversions.

If you have an agricultural building which may have potential for conversion, please send details e.g. location plans and photographs to and we would be pleased to conduct a free initial evaluation.

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