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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.

Why the government is to look again at guidance around agricultural building conversions

Why the government is to look again at guidance around agricultural building conversions

When do the works required to make a building suitable for a new use become so extensive that the process should be seen as a rebuild rather than a conversion?

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Inspector refuses retrospective consent for West Sussex anaerobic digestion plant expansion

Inspector refuses retrospective consent for West Sussex anaerobic digestion plant expansion

A planning inspector has refused retrospective planning consent for an expansion of an anaerobic digestion (AD) facility and associated operations on a farm in West Sussex after she concluded that the adverse impacts of the scheme would not be outweighed by the benefits.

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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.