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Agricultural Land Classification: What This Means For Developers

Agricultural land is designated as being solely for the purposes of an agricultural trade or business, such as rearing crops, livestock or a related industry, however it can also be set aside as “greenfield” for development. Here we focus on how agricultural land classifications sit within the planning process, and how SearchLand can help you to source suitable development opportunities. If you are looking for sites in rural areas, this one is for you.

Planning
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Nutrient Neutrality Mitigation: The Latest Updates

The UK government has just announced a new Nutrient Mitigation Scheme as part of ongoing strategies to balance housing needs against the effects of water pollution in fragile countryside areas. Whether or not this currently affects your Local Planning Authority, it is clear that nutrient neutrality is here to stay as part of the planning process. Read our guide to how nutrient neutrality may affect you, and what steps you can take to achieve planning permission.

Planning
5
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Class Q - Converting Barns to Homes (even in the Green Belt)

Class Q allows for the conversion of agricultural buildings to houses without the need to apply for planning permission. ‍This includes the change of use of a building or any land within its curtilage, including the building operations reasonably necessary to convert the building, to Use Class C3 (dwelling houses).

Planning
10
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SHLAA - What does it mean?

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment or in short (SHLAA) is a study which every local authority is required to undertake. It gives an overview of potential development sites within each authorities boundary.

Planning
5
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Permitted Development Rights - Class MA Use Class E January 2022 Case Studies

Permitted development rights might look easy, but we know that decisions can still go against you. At SearchLand, we've compiled 3 case studies to show where others went wrong (or right) and what you can do to improve your chances.

Planning
6
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SearchLand’s Summary of 2021 Housing Delivery Test Results

The Housing Delivery Test results for the last 3 years are in - see who needs an action plan, has to buffer, or is subject to Presumption and the best areas for developers.

Planning
5
 min read

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