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Barn conversion approvals down 10 per cent since last year

Barn conversion approvals down 10 per cent since last year

The proportion of successful agricultural to residential prior approval applications across England has fallen 10 per cent since the equivalent period last year, latest government statistics have revealed.

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Park authority hits out over 'scurrilous' bribe claim over 'giraffe house'

Park authority hits out over 'scurrilous' bribe claim over 'giraffe house'

A farmer, fined £750 for failing to comply with an enforcement notice requiring him to demolish a farm building within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, has been accused of making up a 'scurrilous' claim that a planner sought to secure a bribe over the case.

Planning launches barn conversions data report

Planning launches barn conversions data report

A new data report launched by Planning includes exclusive analysis of planning authorities' and inspectors' track records of decision-making on Class MB/Q agricultural-to-residential prior approval applications.

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Barn conversions - The latest picture

Barn conversions - The latest picture

Why are agricultural-to-residential conversion refusal rates still so high, asks Jamie Carpenter.

Exceptional properties: What impact has the so-called 'Gummers Law' had on decision makers?

Exceptional properties: What impact has the so-called 'Gummers Law' had on decision makers?

In 1997, a controversial new planning policy was introduced that allowed new homes in the countryside to be built providing they were of outstanding architectural quality. Two decades on, David Dewar examines the impact of so-called 'Gummer's Law'.

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.