Homes boost for rural communities

Housing Minister Dominic Raab has announced that rural communities will be given more options to convert agricultural buildings into family homes to better meet local housing needs.

Planning changes to permitted development rights will enable up to five new homes to be created from existing agricultural buildings on a farm rather than the three currently permitted. This will help communities make the best use of existing buildings to help meet local housing needs more efficiently, while safeguarding people’s privacy.

The new measures will also help farmers adopt the latest innovations in modern farming practices by increasing the size limit of new agricultural buildings on larger farms from 465 square metres to 1,000 square metres.

Raab said: “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.”

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