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Class Q Development

Class Q Permitted Development allows redundant or disused agricultural buildings, a new lease of life. How can you make the most of an opportunity like this?

What is Class Q?

You don’t have to go far to find redundant farm buildings that could be transformed into stunning barn conversions. In 201, Class Q Permitted Development was introduced, which allows the change of certain agricultural buildings for residential use without the need to go through the full planning permission process.

Class Q Permitted Development Rights – what’s allowed?

The rules around Class Q state that the regulations can be applied to buildings that have been used for agriculture on or before 20th March 2013, excluding buildings in National Parks, AONB, conservation areas, or those that are listed.

Regulations stated:

  • You can create up to five dwellings when converting existing buildings using a total floor space of up to 850sqm.
  • You cannot extend the building beyond its existing size.
  • The garden area cannot be any bigger than the building footprint itself.
  • You can install or replace windows, doors, the roof, exterior walls, and utility services to the extent necessary for the building to be used as a home.
  • You can undertake partial demolition if necessary.
  • You cannot introduce new foundations or loadbearing floor slabs, so in some circumstances, it may be difficult to add the first floor.

Class Q allows you to convert the least homely of structures, for example, a hay barn – into something beautiful, modern, and valuable.

Our Planning and Architecture team at Sheldon Bosley Knight have experience in projects of all types and sizes and a proven track record of maximising the value of rural buildings. Whether you are thinking of selling to raise some capital or developing yourself, as a long-term income stream, we are happy to advise.

Case Study

Conversion of agricultural building to a residential dwelling.

Change of use under Class Q agricultural building to a residential dwelling.

  • The building won a Building Excellence award for Best Conversion of an Existing Building, presented by Stratford District Council in conjunction with the Building Control Department.
  • The curved roof was specifically designed for the building.
  • Due to policy changes, the process from initial inspection to occupation of the dwelling took a total of three years.


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Planning Success – Inspectorate Approval of an Appeal Against Refusal

Approved Elevation - planning consent Sheldon Bosley Knight

On the 15th of August 2019 the Planning & Architecture Department at Sheldon Bosley Knight received Planning Inspectorate approval of an appeal against Stratford on Avon District Council’s refusal of a Householder Application.

The application for rear single storey and side pitched roof extensions to a dwelling in the Conservation Area was initially refused by the Stratford Planning Committee against the recommendations of two Case Officers and the Conservation Officer on reasons of overbearing and visual impacts on the neighbouring listed dwelling.

Although the committee accepted that the single storey extension and other minor alterations were acceptable, members disagreed on the impact of the pitched roof extension and refused the proposed scheme in its entirety.

In our Appeal Representations we were able to convincingly argue that the proposed pitch roof addition to the existing side extension would not result in a greater overbearing impact in terms of overshadowing and loss of light than the existing protrusion.

Supported by the Case Officer and Conservation Officer reports and recommendations that the character and appearance of the proposed development would preserve and enhance the Conservation Area, we maintained that the pitched roof extension would not compromise the amenity of the neighbours.

Sectional drawings of the existing and proposed elevations were produced to reinforce our claim.

The Inspector concluded that the pitched roof extension would not adversely impact the amenity of the neighbouring property and the proposed alterations and additions would not appear overly dominant or intrusive and allowed the appeal.

The Town Planner for this case was Natasha Blackmore da Silva and the Architectural Technician was Nadia Amietszajew.

Town Planner - Natasha Blackmore da Silva and Architectural Technician - Nadia Amietszajew.

If you have property that you would like to extend and would like to explore the options available, please contact the Planning and Architecture Team on 01789 292310 or visit the Planning and Architectural pages of our website.


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Planning Success Over Occupancy Restrictions and Existing Use

Clued Bungalow Planning Permission

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On the 29th of July 2019 the Planning & Architecture Department at Sheldon Bosley Knight received approval for a Certificate of Lawfulness Application to allow an agriculturally tied dwelling to be occupied in breach of the condition indefinitely.

The bungalow had received planning consent in 1985 as a market gardener’s dwelling with occupancy restricted to those employed or last employed in agriculture. Under a legal mechanism within the planning framework it is permissible to apply to continue to occupy a dwelling subject to an occupancy condition in breach of this restriction if you can provide evidence that this has already been done continuously for a period in excess of ten years.

Evidence from the Applicants, the previous owner and the tenant was provided and consolidated into a Statutory Declaration by the Planning Department at Sheldon Bosley Knight to support a continuous breach for the past twelve years in excess of the ten year minimum requirement. This information when counter signed by a solicitor became a legal document which was used to support the Certificate of Lawful Existing Use application to Wychavon District Council.

Wychavon District Council concluded that on balance the information provided demonstrated that the property had been occupied in breach of the agricultural condition for a continuous period in excess of ten years and, in the absence of any contradictory evidence, they approved the application.

If you have property with occupancy restrictions and would like to explore the options available, please contact the Planning and Architecture Team on 01789 387887 or visit the Planning and Architectural pages of our website.

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Lucy Pierce Joins Our Award Winning Planning & Architecture Team

Lucy Pierce, Town Planner, Sheldon Bosley Knight

Sheldon Bosley Knight are delighted to welcome Lucy Pierce who joins the Planning & Architecture Team as Town Planner.

Director Daniel Jackson said,  “We’re really pleased to announce the addition of Lucy Pierce to the team. Lucy joins us following stints with a number of Local Planning Authorities in the area including, Stratford, Warwick, South Northants and Redditch/Bromsgrove. Prior to that, Lucy spent 5 years in the private sector.  We are excited to bolster the team here at Stratford and have the benefit of Lucy’s knowledge and experience”.

Whilst undertaking her Geography studies at St Mary’s University in Twickenham, Lucy undertook a work placement at Richmond Council and discovered her vocation.  She says “I’m very excited to be joining the Planning and Architecture team in Stratford.  Returning to the private sector will give me the opportunity to work with clients and see their sites before the planning ball starts rolling, in turn offering advice and input to their desired scheme resulting in a positive outcome with a great scheme.”

She continued, “I decided on the move to Sheldon Bosley Knight as I will be involved in some really interesting projects that are well designed and thought out to suit and enhance the environment they will potentially be within.”

Sheldon Bosley Knight Planning and Architecture LogoThe Sheldon Bosley Knight Planning & Architecture team are skilled and experienced professionals in projects of all sizes and types; we can assist you whatever your needs.  From initial, informal planning advice, through to the preparation, submission and monitoring of planning applications and appeals, we are here to guide you through the ever more complicated world of planning. Often we can give you a ‘yes or no’ steer on the merits of a project in a matter of minutes.

If you have a planning query please contact the team on (01789) 292310 or