The British agricultural industry continues to face challenges. Now, more than ever it is crucial to step back and consider what your farm needs to be successful. There are many opportunities, but these often require changes to buildings to improve efficiency, welfare, productivity or capacity, whether to support the core farming enterprise or farm diversification.

Development could include:

  • Livestock buildings
  • Grain stores
  • Machinery or general purpose store
  • Extensions to existing buildings
  • Replacement buildings
  • Relocation of buildings and/or farmyard

Is planning permission required?

There's a common misconception that you don't need planning permission for agricultural buildings. Not all types of development require 'full planning' however there is almost always a formal process that needs to be followed with your Local Planning Authority.

National legislation includes permitted development rights for certain operations which are 'reasonably necessary for the purposes of agriculture' within the farming unit. However, even if your project falls under this, often a prior notification process has to be followed, sometimes referred to as a "28 day notice".

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What are the main factors to consider?

  • Likelihood of flooding
  • Highways safety and impact
  • Landscape and visual impact
  • Impact on public rights of way
  • Impact on designations such as Green Belt or AONBs
  • Noise impact
  • Neighbour amenity
  • Ecology

Other factors to consider include Design, Materials, Scale, Use, Siting and Drainage.

Budget: The range can differ depending on complexity, design requirement and size etc. As a ballpark, if you want to use a planning consultant for your agricultural application then you should be budgeting £1000 to £2000.

Timescale: For a permitted development you should estimate 8 to 12 weeks, full planning application approx 20 weeks.

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