Added value for existing farm buildings?

This week has seen the Government announce that rural communities will be given more options to convert agricultural buildings into family homes via Permitted Development Rights.

This will enable planning permission to be granted for building works and changes of use without needing a planning application. Of course, conditions apply and limitations will be imposed to control impact and protect amenity, which are determined via prior approval with local planning authorities.

The Government has also extended temporary Permitted Development Rights for new homes to be created from converted storage and distribution buildings until June 2019.

Lanes Planning Director, Peter Biggs is available to discuss owners’ options and timescales linked to this new initiative upon request.


SHREDDED WHEAT – full of goodness for Welwyn Garden City

The former Shredded Wheat factory in the heart of Welwyn Garden City is being developed into a high-quality mixed-use scheme with over 1400 new homes, with a mix of one, two and three-bedroom properties including 110 retirement living units and 31% affordable housing.


Well-connected & Youthful Enfield

The boundary lines between lively inner and leafy outer London are now starting to blur, as many new would-be buyers look to push into areas just beyond the North and South Circular roads, where new homes can be purchased at prices low enough to attract people who want to be within a 30-minute commute of […]


Enfield – Towards new local plan 2036

Since the 5th December 2018 through to 28th February 2019, Enfield Council are consulting on the Issues and Options version of their Local Plan, guiding development within the Borough up to 2036.  This version of the Local Plan seeks views and comments on the ’good growth’ principles that aim to ensure growth delivers: infrastructure improvements; […]

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