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.

The new report includes essential information for individuals and organisations considering applying for agricultural to residential conversion under Class Q permitted development rights, including every English local planning authority's record of receptiveness to such converstions in the period April 2014 to March 2017.

The data report also features exclusive information for individuals and organisations considering appealing against a refusal of one of these prior approval applications. This includes data on how frequently applications refused on particular grounds have been overturned in appeals covered by Planning's sister service COMPASS (almost 450 such appeals covered from April 2014-March 2017).

Local planning authorities in receipt of such applications or subject to such appeals will also benefit from exclusive information that will help them make robust, defensible decisions, including data showing how often refusals of such applications on particular grounds are have been upheld in appeals covered by COMPASS, as well as a briefing on how inspectors and the courts interpret various issues that arise in appeals against refusals of such applications.

The data report also points users to decision letters for successful appeals (covered by COMPASS from April 2014-July 2017) against refusals of Class MB/Q prior approval applications in each local planning authority. Report buyers will be be able to access COMPASS Online summaries of the decisions in question. Full appeal documents can be purchased for an additional fee from COMPASS Online, or are free with a COMPASS Online subscription.

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