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New barn conversion PD right would not replace existing class Q, says DCLG

New barn conversion PD right would not replace existing class Q, says DCLG

A proposed new permitted development right allowing barns to be converted into homes would be in addition to the existing Class Q right, the government has confirmed.

High Court allows Hertfordshire barn conversion

High Court allows Hertfordshire barn conversion

A judge has upheld an inspector's decision to allow a Hertfordshire barn conversion under permitted development rights, dismissing the local council's argument that the building to be converted was in a location which was too isolated.

Scottish ministers refuse 300 Angus homes

Scottish ministers refuse 300 Angus homes

Scottish ministers have blocked plans for 300 homes on prime agricultural land in Angus, agreeing with the recommendations of a reporter who concluded that it would not be in the public interest to develop the site for housing contrary to development plan policy.

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How policy changes stalled the delivery of cheap rural homes

How policy changes stalled the delivery of cheap rural homes

Observers attribute a sharp drop in the number of affordable homes delivered on rural exception sites to recent policy shifts that made landowners fear that housing delivered on such sites would not remain affordable in perpetuity.

Five key messages from Labour on rural planning

Five key messages from Labour on rural planning

Earlier this month, shadow environment secretary Rachael Maskell gave a keynote speech to the annual British Institute of Agricultural Consultants rural planning conference. Here is what we learned.

Are councils still sceptical about barn conversions?

Are councils still sceptical about barn conversions?

Last year we found that more than two thirds of applications to convert barns to homes under new rights were being refused. Has this changed, asks David Dewar.

How National Park boundary extensions could affect planning

How National Park boundary extensions could affect planning

Boundary extensions that "virtually join" the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Lake District National Park have taken effect, but planning policies for the expanded areas will remain a potential source of confusion for some time.