The Government has announced changes to planning laws to make it easier for rural communities to convert agricultural buildings into residential properties.
Under current permitted development rights, a maximum of three new homes can be created from existing agricultural buildings on a farm. This cap is to raised to five small homes, so long as each home is no larger than 100 square metres.
The temporary permitted development right for the change of use of buildings used for storage and distribution to residential use is also to be extended by a year until 10th June 2019.
The regulations come into effect from 6th April.
Housing minister Dominic Raab says that currently hundreds of new homes each year are created by converting agricultural buildings, and these changes will boost those numbers.
He adds: “We need to be more creative if we are to meet the housing needs of rural communities. That’s why I’m changing planning rules so rural communities have more flexibility on how best to use existing buildings to deliver more much needed homes for families.
“This is part of our comprehensive reform programme to build the homes Britain needs.”