From Inception To Completion!

New proposed Agricultural design

Since the introduction of Class Q (formerly known as Class MB) Permitted Development Rights in 2014, the provision to convert agricultural buildings to residential dwellings, many disused buildings across the UK have benefited from these rights and are now converted to new homes in parts of the countryside which would not normally be available. We […]

Success For Residential Development in the Green Belt

Green belt

Success in Essex for Acorus’ Eastern team for obtaining full planning permission for a residential development within the green belt. The scheme proposed replacing a building in a commercial use, and an agricultural building, with a development of five houses.  Given the site was in a green belt location the proposal had to be demonstrated […]

New Agricultural Retirement Dwelling, Norfolk

Deepdale - Williams

Acorus have recently obtained planning permission for a new agricultural retirement dwelling on an existing 300 acre family run farm which mainly operates an arable unit. An outline planning application was submitted by Acorus supported by a robust planning statement detailing the requirements of the farm operations and accommodation required.  The new bungalow would enable […]

Replacement Poultry Buildings In AONB

Replacement Poultry Building In AONB (1)

Whilst agricultural buildings in the open countryside are quite typical and generally accepted in policy terms, where a landscape designation such as a National Park or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is relevant, the Local Planning Authority (LPA) must give greater consideration to the landscape impact.  Where the development involves intensive agriculture, in addition to […]

Agricultural Occupancy Condition Removed

The Granary - AOC removed sold

Dwellings built for agricultural purposes are generally subject to occupancy conditions which restricts the occupation of the dwelling to a person employed in agriculture. In terms of the wording of such conditions, whilst there have been many variations since the 1950s, generally the standard condition will usually state:                 “The occupation of the dwelling shall […]

Equestrian Business Development

Equestrian Business Development - Acorus 1

Acorus were contacted by persons wanting to regularise some equestrian developments following the need to relocate their horse breeding and livery business back to their own land, due to the termination of a tenancy held at a stable yard. Equestrian Structures As generally in the UK equestrian activities are not for the purposes of agriculture, […]

Agricultural Building Approved at Appeal

Agricutlutral building approved at appeal

Approval at Appeal has been granted for the erection of an agricultural building at a garden nursery in Cheshire.  The building, measuring 50m x 18m (900m2), was submitted as an ‘agricultural notification’ application. Agricultural Notifications Sometimes referred to as ‘28 Day Notices’, applications of this type are assessed under Part 6 Class A of the […]

Horticultural Business Can ‘Plan for the Future’

Acorus - Horticultural imagery

Planning permission has been secured for a large horticultural glasshouse in Lancashire for an ornamental plant business.  Sustaining the Future of the Business In order to sustain the future of the existing business, our clients needed to establish a new site with good access and facility to provide an efficient working environment for its employees.  […]

Breach of Planning Control Deemed Lawful

Hill Cottage Farmhouse

Success in Surrey for Acorus’ Eastern team for obtaining a Certificate of Lawfulness (Certificate of Lawful Existing Use or Development – CLEUD) following the non-compliance of an Agricultural Occupancy Condition. Evidence Provided Sufficient evidence was provided to the Local Planning Authority in support of the planning application to demonstrate, on the balance of probably, the […]

Conversion Success to a Dwelling

The Midlands office is pleased to have secured planning consent for a client to convert a brick ‘stable building’ to a dwelling. The brick building was originally approved in 1992, the development was entitled ‘stable block and hay and tack rooms’.  The building was then later approved via a retrospective amendment application in July 1993.  […]