The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has introduced changes to permitted development rights for agricultural buildings.
The key changes are:
1. An increase in the size of new agricultural buildings allowed by permitted development rights from a maximum of 465 sq m to a maximum of 1000 sq m.
2. A one year extension - to 10th June 2019 - to the temporary permitted development right to convert storage and distribution buildings to residential use.
3. Changes to Class Q to amend the permitted development rights for the conversion of agricultural buildings to residential use.
The Class Q changes are dramatic and add much more scope for landowners to develop their buildings. Those who may already have converted buildings under the old Class Q may now have the opportunity to add further conversions if they can meet the new rules.
The new rules in Class Q of the GPDO will allow:
Q1(b) Up to 3 "larger dwellinghouses with a cumulative floor space of no more than 465 square metres
A larger dwellinghouse is defined as one which has a floor space of more than 100 sq m and no more than 465 sq m - an increase on the previous size limit of 450 sq m in total. This appears to allow:
- one house of up to 465 sq m
- two or three houses of more than 100 sq m each, which together have a total floor space of no more than 465 sq m
Q1(c) Up to 5 "smaller dwellinghouses", each no larger than 100 sq m
A smaller dwellinghouse is defined as one which has a floor space of no more than 100 sq m. This is an increase in the total number of houses permitted from 3 to 5 and in the total area which may be converted from 450 to 500 sq m.
Q1(d) The development under Class Q, together with any previous development under the old Class Q, must fufil either or both of the following:
- larger dwellinghouse(s) must not exceed more than 465 sq m of floor space;
- the total number of separate dwellinghouses must not exceed 5.
With initial confusion on the meaning of this new wording, the MHCLG have confirmed that for new conversions happening after 6th April 2018 it is possible to have:
• one larger house of 465 sq m PLUS 4 smaller houses of up to 100 sq m each (total developed area 865 sq m)
• two larger houses of say, 232 sq m each, PLUS 3 smaller houses of up to 100 sq m each (total 765 sq m)
• three larger houses of say, 155 sq m each, PLUS 2 smaller houses of up to 100 sq m each (total 665 sq m).
Those who have already converted buildings under the old Class Q have an opportunity to add further conversions to comply with the new rights.
All other aspects of Class Q remain the same including the requirement that the external dimensions of the building may not be exceeded and the restrictions on the use of PD rights for the rection of new agricultural buildings.
For further information, contact Tom Killen or Myrica Mcintyre