Commercial Buildings


Having the right business premises are hugely important across the commercial sector, be it offices, light industrial, general industrial, storage or specialist uses. Sites in rural areas can lend themselves to accommodating these uses either new build or converting existing buildings.

You may be in the position of having surplus or redundant buildings that you want to make use of and generate additional income from through renting them out. Or you may want premises for your own business such as processing an agricultural product into food and drink. Alternatively you may have ‘previously developed land or buildings’ which could gain value by getting them an alternative use.

Commercial buildings in rural locations are not always supported by policy, so you must seek good quality professional advice early on in the process as sometimes a longer term strategy may be required. There are some situations where it will be straightforward, and others almost impossible so utilise our free initial planning service to find out more.

Is planning permission required?

Regardless of the reason for considering commercial buildings, whether it is for yourself or to rent out, you will almost certainly need consent. It may be possible in some situations to utilise permitted development rights (PD), and if not to apply for full planning permission.

You can change the use of land or a building (using it for a different purpose to the one it has permission for, most frequently agriculture) for up to 28 days per year without the need for planning permission.

However if you want to change the use for more than 28 days, or carry out any building or development work then you will need permission. View further information resources here

What is the process for this type of application?

Read about the planning process here

What are the main issues that need to be overcome?

Principle of the proposal – wedding venues

We have to firstly make sure the Local Planning Authority are happy with the proposal in principle, asking the question - does the development meet local and national planning policy? As well as the principle, there are lots of other factors that come into planning for commercial and business premises:

  • Greenbelt designation, AONB
  • Highways safety and impact
  • Noise
  • Smell
  • Neighbour amenity
  • Likelihood of flooding
  • Visual impact

Other factors have to be thought very carefully about:

  • Design
  • Materials
  • Scale
  • Use
  • Siting
  • Drainage

How The Rural Planning Co can help

We LOVE getting involved with exciting new equestrian projects like this, and helping you along the journey to bringing your personal aspirations or business plans and dreams to fruition. With many years specialising in this sector, we believe that engaging an experienced and proactive consultant can reduce the stress, time and cost of the process and above all gives you the best chance of success.

Read our pricing here

Read about the planning process here

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Find case studies here

Here are some links to more business help on The Business Barn website.

Our other business Moule & Co specialises in rural professional consultancy and can help with grants and business plans.