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Agricultural Conversion - Up for the Challenge!

Navigating the intricacies of the permitted development rights to convert an agricultural barn to residential dwellings can be tricky. Here at Tyler Parkes we take a forensic approach to ensuring that proposals meet the permitted development rights criteria – but even then, there can be subtle differences in interpretation taken by local planning authorities - and this was one such case! The application sought the conversion of three agricultural barns to five dwellings and met all the complicated criteria of maximum number of units falling within either the large or small dwelling categories, the qualifying agricultural use at specified dates and tenancy conditions, and was free from the

Emergency PD rights introduced in response to CV

New legislation, which came into effect on 9th April 2020, permits emergency development by, or on behalf of, local authorities or health service bodies on land owned, leased, occupied or maintained by these bodies, which is needed as part of the emergency response to the coronavirus. The legislation will end on 31st December 2020 after which land and premises will need to revert to their original use unless planning permission is sought. Bodies named under the order include local authorities, NHS trusts, the National Health Service Commissioning Board, the Care Quality Commission, Health Education England, the Health Research Authority, the Health and Social Care Information Centre, the Hu

5 new houses in Shropshire

We are celebrating another planning success following the approval of a scheme for 5 new houses in Wellington, Shropshire. The site is an unused, overgrown paddock situated at the end of an existing cul-de-sac known as Donnerville Drive. The scheme involves a new vehicular access taken from the end of the Drive, together with a substantial area of public open space on approx. half of the site, including a new public footpath link to connect to an adjacent public footpath/cycleway. The proposal faced a number of challenges. Planning permission for a similar scheme for 5 dwellings had been refused in 2004 on the grounds that the development was not considered to be an appropriate ‘windfall sit

More apartments granted in Solihull office building

© Wake Architects We have been working with clients for the past three years on the progression of residential proposals for Sapphire House, Streetsbrook Road, Solihull. This has included a number of Permitted Development Prior Notification approvals for conversion of the office building to residential, extending to approximately 180 apartments; planning permission for external alterations to introduce balconies, replacement of cladding and introducing new windows and doors. The most recent consent granted in March 2020 for a roof extension added a further 7 apartments to the scheme. Sapphire House is an imposing building located within walking distance of the Solihull Town Centre, within

1980s barn gains residential consent

This 1980s agricultural barn in Lapworth had not been used for a number of years. The adjacent Grade II listed farm buildings had been sold off in the 1990s, and this building was left over. We got consent under the Class Q of the Permitted Development Rights for its conversion to residential use. The conversion will result in the creation of a spacious, contemporary four bedroom-house with a large family room, lounge, study and usual facilities. The dwelling will have large areas of full height glazing and a modern timber exterior. Please contact our Planning and Architectural Team on 0121 744 5511 if you would like to explore a similar proposal with us.

More changes afoot for the Planning system!

In a recent Commons' statement and accompanying document, ‘Planning for the Future’, the Government is proposing a number of changes to the planning system. It is hoped that more detailed information will be provided within the White Paper scheduled for publication this Spring – though given the current Covid-19 priorities this timetable may well be subject to change. In the meantime, we thought it might be useful to summarise the main areas of possible change set out by the Government earlier this month: Permitted Development changes The right to extend existing buildings upwards to create new residential accommodation and increase density of development by summer 2020. Consultation on a ri



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