Eligibility Feedback

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Has any previous development taken place under Class Q on your site?

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Yes

Class Q permitted development allows for the conversion of an agricultural building or buildings to:

 

  • up to 3 larger dwellinghouses, to be greater than 100 square metres each, and within a maximum combined overall floorspace of 465 square metres; or

  • up to 5 smaller dwellinghouses each no greater than 100 square metres; or

  • up to 5 dwellinghouses comprising a mixture of larger and smaller homes, with neither exceeding the thresholds for each type of home.

 

For example, you could create 1 larger dwellinghouse of 465 square metres and 4 smaller dwellinghouses of 100 square metres each.

 

You can submit more than one Class Q application on a single agricultural unit provided the combined floorspace and number of units created does not exceed the limits set out above.

Was the site used solely for an agricultural use on or before 20th March 2013?

The residential conversion of a building that was brought into agricultural use after 20th March 2013 cannot be converted under Class Q within ten years after that agricultural use commenced. So, for example, if the agricultural use did not commence until 1st July 2015, the residential use of the converted building cannot commence until 1st July 2025.

Is the site's most recent use agricultural?

If, since the building was used for agriculture, it is then used in some way that represents a material change of use, then the agricultural use will be at an end, and that use will have been supplanted by the new use that replaced it; the building would therefore be disqualified. The crucial question, however, is whether such subsequent non-agricultural use did in fact represent a material change in the use of the building, or whether it was of no real significance in planning terms, so as to have been de minimis. We need to understand more about your building’s use in order to assess its eligibility.

Is the site occupied under an agricultural tenancy?

Has an agricultural tenancy over the site been terminated for the purpose of carrying out development under Class Q in the last year?

Is the site on land within:

Are any of the buildings listed?

Have you used permitted development to erect, extend or alter agricultural buildings on you agricultural unit within the last 10 years?

We review all of our Eligibility Checker responses and we may contact you if we believe that your land or buildings might be suitable for development. You can also get in touch with us to discuss your results or any other planning queries by email or by phone.