Class Q Success For Acorus Northern Office

Milking parlour to be converted to a single dwelling under class Q approval.

The Acorus Northern office is pleased to have secured Class Q approval for a single dwelling regarding the conversion of a non-traditional agricultural building in Lancashire.  The building was originally a milking parlour and cattle housing, although has not been in active agricultural use for some years.  The building will create a substantial dwelling for […]

Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail

image shot from article James Whilding featured in (1)

An article written by Acorus Managing Director, James Whilding, and published for the NFU Poultry magazine recently focused on the strategy for poultry-related planning application specifically, however the key headlines apply, broadly speaking, to many forms of planning application. Planning is seen as one of the key restrictions hampering development, and this has certainly been […]

Further Amendments To Existing PD Rights


In addition to the provision of a new permitted development right (Class ZA), further changes have been made to existing permitted development rights, and include the provision of a new use class classification. New Use Classes From September, use Classes B1(a), (b) and (c) will move to a new Class E, as will some of […]

Change of Use Obtained for Brewery and Gin Distillery

old brewery and distillery

Planning permission has been secured for the change of use for buildings at a former farm in Greater Manchester for a brewery and gin distillery.  Acorus has undertaken various projects for the applicant over many years and this is the latest diversification project which will put the buildings to good use.  The farm is well […]

Horticultural Building Approved in Green Belt Following Appeal

Horticultural poly tunnels

In September 2019 a planning application was submitted for a building at an established horticultural nursery in Cheshire.  The proposed steel portal frame building was not dissimilar to existing buildings at the nursery – to be used for all manner of activities regarding the nursery operation, including the packaging and dispatch of orders.  However, the […]

Lockdown has not prevented planning moving forward

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Lockdown has not prevented planning moving forward in many areas in the south west.   Acorus’ south west office were contacted during the lockdown period by a client looking to secure planning permission for a small private stable block on land to the rear of her property.  Whilst Acorus were unable to undertake a site visit […]

New Home Following Prior Approval Success

Class q conversion from agricultural building to dwelling - build in progress

In January 2019 Prior Approval was secured for a client in West Yorkshire to convert a non traditional agricultural building to a dwelling (i.e. Class Q).  Following the discharge of a contamination condition the development has commenced and well on its way to completion.  The dwelling will provide a new home for the applicant. For […]