Class Q Supersede

This was a particularly fascinating project as our client already had permission to convert his existing Agricultural Barns into residential dwellings under Class Q permission.

The Class Q approval allowed for the conversion of a steel framed barn into dwellings but under the Class Q constraints this limited the architectural scope and the existing design created a regular repeating pattern which lacked merit.

We worked with our client to put together a Class Q supersede application for the construction of two detached brick built dwellings as an alternative. These had features and elements that looked to replicate the traditional appearance and character of existing properties within the area.


Our client had Class Q permission, however the boundary was on the edge of the building which was not ideal as it created a number of issues. It did not allow room for screening the neighbouring farm, the barns were on a bank so they were visible from the road and the room for separate access was limited. 


Wychavon District Council

A re-design to two brick built properties allowed better layout, amenity areas for each property and improved architecture. This, along with separate access made them a better option for selling further down the line. Class Q supersede was submitted on this basis.


"Without a doubt the Class Q supersede offered a vast improvement on the existing design. This project was a pleasure to work on and we were delighted with the outcome."

Justin de Vries, Planning Consultant, The Rural Planning Co





Justin has had a varied career working in a range of planning roles across both public and private organisations, and in both urban and rural environments. As a Chartered Town Planner, he has a deep understanding and enthusiasm for what he does; particularly listening to his clients needs and aspirations and using his analytical skills and calm approach to help them through the planning process. As one client put it, we should all "channel our inner Justin"!


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