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Diversification via Development Seminar

Diversification via Development Seminar - Sheldon Bosley Knight

Diversification via Development Seminar - Sheldon Bosley Knight Sheldon Bosley Knight were delighted to sponsor the recent Diversification via Development Seminar hosted by Warwickshire Rural Hub on Tuesday 30th April.

The  Seminar provided an opportunity for farmers and landowners to learn more about the options available to them for converting farm buildings to residential use. Daniel Jackson, Director of Sheldon Bosley Knight and an Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute, was joined by two other local experts who between them covered the planning, finance and tax implications of rural diversification.

Daniel explained the Class Q Permitted Development rights that were introduced in 2014 and which apply to buildings that were in agricultural use on 20th March 2013.

Diversification via Development Seminar - Sheldon Bosley Knight He gave some examples of Class Q applications and discussed the common pitfalls to be aware of including the maximum floor space that can be developed, the number of dwellings allowed and the deadline for completion of the building.

Daniel and his planning team have worked on a number of successful Class Q applications and he emphasised the importance of seeking professional advice for anybody considering Class Q development given the strict criteria that applies.

The audience also heard from Daniel O’Donnell from Rosconn Strategic Land who discussed the role of Promotion Agreements and their value to the landowner, and Mark Dickin of Ellacotts explained the all important tax implications.

The seminar was very well attended with over 85 guests who enjoyed networking over hot bacon baps and the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers.

For further information and to discuss your own rural diversification plans, please get in touch with Daniel on


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From Hovel to Home

Barn Conversion - original farm building

Barn Conversion - original farm buildingThe SBK Planning Team were successful in gaining planning permission under Class Q of the Permitted Development Order for the conversion of a small agricultural building on the Walton Estate to a dwelling.

This project required our comprehensive support including initial planning advice and consultation, drawing up of the designs, preparation of the application and submission of the plans to Stratford District Council for approval – our full service!

Do you have a similar building that you are considering for conversion and would like some advice?

If so, please give the team a call on 01789 292310.Barn Conversion Plans



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Planning Case Study – Change of Use from Agricultural to Dwelling

Broad Marston Road Mickleton GPDO Planning

Broad Marston Road Mickleton GPDO PlanningThis project involved a change of use application under Class Q from steel framed agricultural building to dwelling.


A Class MB application was submitted to Cotswold District Council for the conversion of a steel framed agricultural building to one dwelling.  This application was pre-change of Government Policy to Class Q.

The building was a steel portal framed building having concrete block walling at lower level to the perimeter. It was a redundant building for the requirements of agricultural due to its height, being no longer usable for modern large agricultural machinery.  Therefore this building was surplus to requirements and the subsequent application was put before Cotswold District Council for their determination.

The application was duly approved and the conversion took place.


The challenges for this particular conversion were of a more technical nature of how the new sub-frame would be connected to the existing steel frame putting no loading onto the existing concrete base.

A technical challenge was overcome by a design that connected to the existing upright steels using composite panelling and external timber cladding.


The property was completed and is now being lived in by a new tenant. The building is of a modern design having full height glazing and a smooth clean finish line and large open space living internally, which was complemented by well designed lighting.

The Planning Specialist was Sam Russell MFPWS MCIAT ARICS and the Architectural Technician was Panya Chaonsri.

Click here to view or download the case study.

For more information about our planning and architectural design services please contact Sam Russell at