JTS have successfully negotiated planning permission for the change of use of an agricultural barn to a residential dwelling, with ancillary works and a property in Shenfield, Essex.
The client had previously, through another consultant, sought a prior notification application for the change of use from agricultural to residential. This had been sought under Class Q of Schedule 2 Part 3 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development)(England)(Amendment) Order 2016. However, this had been refused on the grounds that a proposed mezzanine floor would constitute structural alterations outside the limitations of Class Q(b). In addition, the Council considered that the proposal would go beyond what would “constitute reasonably necessary to meet the minimum building standards required to convert the agricultural building to habitable use”.
After reviewing the proposals, we considered that, with some minor changes and a strong case in support of the conversion, the change of use and the works previously proposed should be achievable through a planning application. The Local Planning Authority supported this view and granted planning permission in December 2016.