WBW advised the land owner on the recently introduced process that allows the conversion of agricultural buildings to dwellings without planning permission (often referred to as Class Q permitted development rights). Use of these rights is not always possible, and sometimes, due to the limitations of what can be undertaken, it is not the best way forward to achieve the maximum value for a building. In this instance, due to local planning policy constraints, securing an ordinary planning permission to convert the building to a dwelling was not possible.
WBW therefore submitted a scheme under the Class Q process and secured confirmation from the Council that the building could be converted to a dwelling. The building has since been sold by WBW for a considerably enhanced value and is in the process of being converted.