Barn falls outside definition of agricultural building

In refusing to grant prior approval under Class MB of Part 3 to Schedule 2 of the GPDO 1995 for the conversion of a barn to a dwellinghouse in Suffolk, an inspector has concluded that it was not in agricultural use.

The appellant stated that horses grazed the land from time to time but this was not related to a trade or business. Paragraph O of the order defined an ‘agricultural building’ as a building mainly used for agriculture. The grazing of horses did not comply with this requirement, the inspector determined. Consequently, the barn did not benefit from permitted development rights under Class MB and the appeal was dismissed.

Inspector: David Prentis; Written representations

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