Improved prospects of prior approval? B8 storage and agricultural buildings to residential use.

Government announced this week proposed changes to Class P and Class Q (Part 3 of Schedule 2 of the GPDO) which will come into force on the 6th April.

Class P which allows change of use of buildings from B8 storage into residential, was due to lapse on the 15th April 2018. There was a requirement that the residential use should have commenced no later than that date. It has been confirmed that there will be a one year extension to this until the 10th June 2019.

Class Q is going to be amended to allow for the change of use of agricultural buildings to provide up to 5 new homes which will allow:

  • up to 3 larger homes within a maximum of 465 square metres; or
  • up to 5 smaller homes each no larger than 100 square metres; or
  • a mix of both, within a total of no more than 5 homes, of which no more than 3 may be larger homes.

The exact wording of these amendments is still awaited but this announcement looks to support the draft National Planning Policy Framework which was published last week.

If you have any queries or would like to discuss the potential of such a proposal, please contact Jane Crichton at or 01603 631319.

t: 01603 631319
t: 0131 600 0319
t: 020 3011 0820
t: 0161 7111740
t: 01223 776740