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Converting a garden outbuilding to holiday accommodation?

Do you have an outbuilding in your garden that you would like to do something with to generate some income? It is often quite difficult to turn these into separate houses, especially if you live in the countryside, but Read more »

By |April 25, 2022|Categories: Residential Developments, Single New Dwellings / Annexes, Vision Planning|0 Comments

New Government policy helps turn granny annexes into separate homes

The Government has just updated its rules making it easier to get planning permission to turn a “granny annexe” into a separate dwelling. The Government sets out national planning rules in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The NPPF Read more »

By |October 15, 2018|Categories: Residential Developments, Single New Dwellings / Annexes, Vision Planning|0 Comments

Equestrian Worker’s Dwellings in the Green Belt – Success!

Stuart Miles, Vision Planning’s Director, has recently helped two applicants to live on site at their equestrian holdings in the Green Belt. Vision Planning recently obtained planning permission for the retention of a caravan to provide a temporary equestrian Read more »

The revised National Planning Policy Framework – what’s changed since the draft?

The Government has now amended the NPPF. It released a draft in March 2018, and the final revised NPPF was released on 24th July 2018.It’s 73 pages long so, to avoid you needing to read it all, this note summarises Read more »

Converting larger agricultural buildings to homes

On 6 April 2018, new permitted development rules came in that allow the conversion of much larger barns than before to residential use. Before 6 April, you could convert a barn with a floorspace of up to 450 sq.m. Read more »

Court Judgement makes getting permission for new homes in some small villages easier

Stuart Miles, Vision Planning’s Director, has recently helped two applicants to live on site at their equestrian holdings in the Green Belt. Vision Planning recently obtained planning permission for the retention of a caravan to provide a temporary equestrian Read more »

Converting Agricultural Buildings to Dwellings – an update

In February I explained how Planning Inspectors were dealing with appeals relating to the change of use of an agricultural building to housing. The Government has decided that Councils are refusing too many of these applications, and made a Read more »

What does the Housing Delivery Test mean? And whatever happened to Housing Market Areas?

Has anyone wondered what the new Housing Delivery Test would mean in practical terms? And has anyone spotted that the draft revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) doesn’t mention Housing Market Areas? The old NPPF, if we can call it Read more »

By |March 8, 2018|Categories: Five Year Housing Land Supply, Residential Developments, Vision Planning|0 Comments

Draft Revised National Planning Policy Framework

The Government’s much vaunted revised National Planning Policy Framework was released in draft form today. To avoid you needing to read it all, this blog summarises the main changes that affect housing supply and affordable housing provision. Paragraph 14 Read more »

Converting Agricultural Buildings to Dwellings

The conversion of agricultural buildings to up to three dwellings is sometimes allowed as permitted development.  This provides an opportunity for rural land owners to build a new house in the countryside, where planning rules are normally restrictive.  In Read more »

By |February 8, 2018|Categories: Agricultural Buildings/Rural Worker's Dwellings, Vision Planning|0 Comments
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