Class Q Barn Conversion

Marrons Planning acted on behalf of a private client to secure prior approval under Class Q approval in March 2022, for the change of use of an agricultural building to a single dwelling and associated operational development.

We were introduced to the client following the withdrawal of an earlier Class Q application. We contributed to a revised submission addressing points raised during the consultation process. However, the authority retained concerns relating to the agricultural use of the building, its structural capability and whether the proposed works were reasonably necessary.

Prior approval was refused and we project managed an appeal, including the drafting of a detailed Statement of Case with evidence. This dealt with the complicated planning history, and satisfied the Inspector that the building had been in agricultural use on the 20th March 2013 qualifying date.

The appeal decision also confirmed that the building was suitable for conversion and that the part demolition of a first floor wall, and the insertion of recessed glazed doors and windows to create a balcony feature, fell within the scope of the Class Q works. The balcony would have been within the footprint of the existing building and was acceptable.

Change of use
Planning appeal
Class Q

Planning Appeals


Securing planning permission for Larkfleet homes

The team acted for Larkfleet Homes in securing outline planning permission for 340 dwellings plus land for a new primary school with associated play space, open space, landscaping and infrastructure with all matters reserved except for means of access and landscaping.

The site was an unallocated site outside the settlement boundary but it was considered that the provision of land for a new primary school, alongside new homes and associated economic benefits, outweighed any harm in principle. The application currently has a resolution to grant planning permission subject to completion of the section 106. Landscaping considerations were key to the evolution of this scheme.

As an applicant team, we have and continue to work hard with the Local Planning Authority, Local Education Authority and key stakeholders to assist delivery of a new school onsite that will secure the long-term sustainability of education provision in the village. We are working in conjunction with the Local Education Authority via the reserved matters process to ensure a cohesive scheme is brought forward that realises the delivery of a coordinated residential and school project.

New primary

Planning Applications

For many people thinking about making changes to their land or property, permission from the council is often needed, but knowing exactly what you need to do and how you can apply can be complex. We can help you understand the entire planning process, estimate the likely planning application fees, as well as manage the communication with the council too.