Class Q Permitted Development
Agricultural Buildings to Dwellinghouses
Class Q of the General Permitted Development Order permits the change of use of a total of 450 m2 (4843 ft2) of floorspace in an existing agricultural building to residential use, this can take the form of 1 to 3 dwellings within the envelope of an existing agricultural building.
Class Q only permits ‘building operations reasonably necessary to convert the building’ meaning that the existing structure has to be retained and no new structural elements may be added to the building. The residential curtilage is limited to the size of the footprint of the converted building. A restrained approach is required in terms of proposed cladding materials and window locations.
Hayes and Partners has been successful with a number of Class Q conversion schemes and is in the process of submitting planning applications for various reasons. These include more traditional materials, larger residential curtilages and replacement dwellings.