I am looking in to a property that has an agricultural storage building next to a large (10hc)field. I would like to convert the storage to a house and use the field for farming.
To ask for planning permission for this conversion I am not sure if this would be residential or commercial as its not a house conversion and the land/farm is involved.
Thanks a lot.
A building used for agricultural storage should be regarded as being in agricultural use, and what is proposed is a change of use and conversion to residential. That change is one to which permitted development rights, enabling conversion to residential use, might apply. The fact the house might be used as a farmhouse in conjunction with the agricultural land has no bearing on permitted development rights.
If, though, permitted development rights do not apply and a full planning application is needed, then the proposal to convert to residential is likely to be more acceptable if the permission is subject to an agricultural occupancy condition. Such conditions do, though, reduce value, so shouldn’t be entertained unless absolutely necessary.
Mike Dade (Build It expert)