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Agricultural Workers Dwellings
In some cases you will need a dwelling due to agricultural needs, and a full planning application will have to prove why this is necessary on a functional and financial basis. In most cases the planning authorities will angle towards a temporary agricultural workers dwelling in the first instance, as over a period of several years this gives you an opportunity to prove that a permanent dwelling would be sustainable and necessary.
One of the fundamental advantages of be being based in Mid Devon is that the vast majority of the planning work we carry out is based in rural areas, that are often outside of settlement boundaries.
Planning policies tend to be more restrictive in these sorts of locations. Our significant experience in this field means we know the best ways to work the planning system and boost any applications chances of an approval.
Change of Use of Agricultural Buildings
The most common applications we deal with currently are prior notification applications for the change of use of agricultural buildings (or barns) to dwellings. This is due to a new piece of planning legislation that was introduced on 6th April 2014. The legislation gives the ability to convert existing agricultural buildings in dwellings. There are however restrictions and conditions to the legislation, including maximum size and the potential need for surveys to be undertaken as well the submission of a prior approval application to the Local Planning Authority.
The most common applications we deal with currently are prior notification applications for the change of use of agricultural buildings (or barns) to dwellings.
This is due to a new piece of planning legislation that was introduced on 6th April 2014. The legislation gives the ability to convert existing agricultural buildings in dwellings. There are however restrictions and conditions to the legislation, including maximum size and the potential need for surveys to be undertaken as well the submission of a prior approval application to the Local Planning Authority.
Being based in Mid Devon, we have handled a large amount of these sorts of applications over the past year, and have a very high success rate. Some clients will just want to gain planning permission so they can sell the building on - and therefore don’t require much of an input, and others will want to turn it in to their own home, or holiday lodges for example – and therefore will require a bit more of a personal input. There are several different circumstances we are approached with, and we can accommodate for all of them.
With regards to the erection of new agricultural buildings, and extensions to existing agricultural buildings, these sorts of planning applications tend to be fairly straightforward for us and can be turned over in a short period of time.
Building a new industrial unit or making changes to an industrial site can be a great way to maximise space for your business, and here at XL Planning we have successfully handled plenty of these sorts of applications, whether it’s the erection of a new industrial building, or the erection of an extension to an existing building.
In 2010 existing rules were altered so that most businesses can develop on-site industrial units without the need for planning permission, classing these new builds or alterations as permitted development which, as long as the development remains within the curtilage area of the site, can be started by anyone. If you have any queries as to whether your proposed developments are permitted, or if you require planning, we would be happy to help.
Works to commercial premises generally require planning permission. Works to the inside of a premise may be exempt if the way the premise will be used remains unchanged. The most common works carried out on commercial premises that require planning permission include:
- Enlargement of a commercial premise and/or replacement of the roof
- Installation of a new shop front and/or new roller shutter
- Change of use of a premise from one use class to another
- Conversion of the space over a shop or a ground-floor office into a self-contained and separate use
- Extensions to the hours of use of a premise
- Installation of a satellite dish
- Erection of commercial signage
- Works to any building that is a listed building will require listed building consent
- Where a property is located in a conservation area and demolition works are proposed, conservation area consent may be required.
Whatever your commercial requirements are, XL planning can assure you that we will have a planning solution for you.
Over the past few years we have found ourselves handling several large planning applications for solar-farm projects.
Where planning permission is required, the Council will want to ensure that solar panels are sited where they do minimal harm to the appearance of the property and
to the area. If you can site the solar panel at the rear or side of the property, this may be the best approach and may not need planning permission. The Council may
refuse applications for solar panels that are attached to the front elevations of houses or are prominently sited. In order to provide you with an informal opinion as to whether planning permission is required please get in touch with us.
Do I need planning permission?
The installation of solar panels and equipment on residential buildings and land may be 'permitted development' with no need to apply to the Local Planning Authority for planning permission. There are, however, important limits and conditions which must be met to benefit from these permitted development rights
Planning applications for housing in some instances can be fairly simple, but in others can be very complicated.
Several factors need to be assessed, such as site location, design and density issues, through to the local housing market, affordable housing contributions and Section 106 agreements, which can all complicate the process. The trick is to pay attention to detail and approach each project methodically to ensure any potential policy issues are considered from the outset.
Householder extensions are often one of the most personal planning applications, as there are lots of planning conditions and limitations surrounding them, and there is often a knock-on effect to any neighbours which can be a sensitive matter.
XL Planning will work with you to make sure that your proposals best meet your vision, but also adhere to the extensive criteria set out in the national planning policy guidelines, as well as taking external factors in to consideration to try and keep anyone potentially effected happy to avoid objections against your proposal.
In some instances we have had clients that are looking to restructure the inside of a dwelling, which is where the experience of XL Design and Build becomes so helpful, as he can help to save time by assessing the feasibility of your proposal from a building perspective. All of this combined with our high-quality planning experience gives you the full confidence that we will be able to assist you in giving your proposal the highest possible chance of succession.
We’re a step above the rest as when it comes to needing assistance with enforcement issues!
As one of our directors, Glenn Crocker has 8 years of experience working as an enforcement officer at Mid Devon District Council. If you have been served enforcement and aren’t sure what to do next, we can provide you with professional advice that will be second to none. It may just be the simple filing in of a form, but in some cases it can mean a full planning application is needed.
On the other side of the fence of course, you may have a neighbour that you feel is carrying out some works without planning permission that have an adverse effect on you, and need some advice as to how you can object or complain against the works.
We do offer a project management service,
We do not carry out these surveys ourselves, but having handled a vast amount of planning applications, we have created strong working relationships with alternative companies that can carry out all of the surveys required.
Where surveys are required, we do offer a project management service, so you can leave all of the organisation to us, we’ll use our trusted contacts to produce the necessary survey work, and lease with the local authorities to make sure all of their criteria is met.
As part of a lot of planning applications, there are a variety of different surveys that are often requested by the local authorities.
- Flood Risk Assessment
- Tree Survey/ Arboricultural statement
- Biodiversity Checklist
- Noise Impact Assessment
- Land Contamination Survey
- Phase 1 Habitat Survey
- Structural Survey
- Ecology Survey
- Topographical survey
- Traffic Assessment
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