Planning & Development

Change of Use

Obtaining a change of use provides property owners with a diversified or alternative income stream and adds value to their existing assets.

Planning policy is now more favourable for the re-use of rural buildings for commercial purposes.  Our planning team have achieved numerous and notable consents over the last 26 years including consents for equestrian, residential, holiday lets, renewables such as solar and wind, reservoirs, offices, retail units, workshops and warehouses, residential annexes, recreational and sports facilities. 

New permitted development right changes are evolving enabling greater flexibility in the re-use of rural buildings.  Whilst full planning may not be required there are other planning matters such as highways, contamination and flooding issues to address.

Change of use to residential uses has become more acceptable in planning policy and we can support your project by assessing the viability of alternative uses and marketing for commercial uses prior to planning.