A new planning policy has been put forward that will allow all farms of 100 acres or more to build a second agricultural dwelling! Under the new "Agricultural Development and Succession Housing" policy there will be a presumption in favour of a second agricultural dwelling on the holding for occupation by a family member employed in agriculture on
the property subject to the following conditions:
1. Any new agricultural dwelling shall be located within or adjoining the farm building complex.
2. Only in the event of there being no existing building suitable for conversion, will a new building be permitted which shall be designed to match the local vernacular design and be built using local materials and meeting policy for sustainable construction and on site renewable energy production.
3. The occupation of the new dwelling and any existing dwelling on the farm (not already tied) shall be the subject of an agricultural tying condition.
4. Evidence is provided to the Local Planning Authority of a farming business being undertaken on the holding and there being an identified need [this is a lesser test than the financial and functional tests].
5. The new dwelling meeting lifetime home standards. Further agricultural dwellings will require financial and functional needs tests to be met.
If you have any questions about this exciting prospect or would like to take East Devon Up on this extremely generous shift in policy - please do not hesitate to contact us.
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