Rural Planning Review - Call for Evidence

This was a DCLG consultation and our response built upon meetings that we have already had with DCLG and Defra on rural planning.  We called for more flexible permitted development rights for agricultural buildings, barn conversions, and on farm reservoirs.  There was a need for up to date local plans that addressed the needs of the rural area, and also introducing “planning permission in principle” for certain development.  We called for clarity that agricultural development should be exempt for CIL, and opposed local planning fee setting as this could be used to deter applications or lead to disproportionate charges.

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