Borough of Poole: Darryl Howells has secured Prior Approval consent for the  conversion of an agricultural building to a dwelling with associated access and parking.   The site is outside the settlement boundary which would normally mean the creation of a new dwelling in this location would be contrary to adopted planning policies. Using his knowledge of the General Permitted Development Order, Darryl advised the applicant to apply for Prior Approval under Class Q of Part 3 of The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development Order) 2015.  The tests that a scheme like this needs to overcome are:

  • transport and highways impacts of the development
  • noise impacts of the development
  • contamination risks on the site
  • flooding risks on the site
  • whether the location or siting of the building makes it otherwise impractical or undesirable for the building to change from agricultural use to a dwelling house and
  • the design or external appearance of the building

The Borough of Poole agreed with all the arguments that Darryl put forward in support of the application and the scheme received prior approval consent under delegated powers.

If you have an agricultural building which might be suitable for conversion why not speak to Pure Town Planning to find out whether there is potential for a conversion under permitted development rights.