Do I need planning permission?

If you’ve altered your property or built a new development before, you’ll know seeking planning permission from the local authority is a huge part of the process.

Failing to get planning permission can result in you being ordered to stop building, or to demolish anything already built, so however frustrating it can be to put plans on hold until the council has agreed to them – it really is necessary.

Here at Madeleys we have a wealth of experience helping farmers adapt their land or buildings to enable their business to run more smoothly or become more productive.

As we’re a local firm based in the heart of Shropshire, we’re also very familiar with the planning processes of the local authorities here.

There are a few rules when it comes to deciding whether you even need planning permission. Generally if you want to build a new house on your land, then you will need to submit the relevant documents and await a yes from the council.

You’ll also need to go through the process if you’re planning on a change of use for any of the buildings on your site or part of your land that will result in either no longer being used specifically for farming.

If you’re applying for funding for a project which will require a new building then planning permission will also be needed.

The good news is you don’t need planning permission for farming operations, to start using buildings already on your land for farming, to change the inside of a building or make minor alterations to the outside or if you have permitted development rights.

These generally apply if your farm is over five hectares and mean you can build or extend or carry out most excavations and engineering operations as long as they’re needed for agricultural purposes.

Projects allowed would normally include hard surfacing for field access and building machinery or grain stores.

Permitted developments include temporary uses of land, smaller agricultural buildings, forestry buildings and some caravan sites.

Of course, there are exceptions to every rule and it’s always best to check before you start any project.

If you are thinking about development you can see more information about our planning and development services here, or you can email us on or call 01952 727007 for more information about how we can guide you through the process.