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


Regeneration project for Orbit Homes

The team acted for Orbit Homes on a regeneration project for 25 affordable homes and a replacement church to meet the needs of the local congregation and community.

The project sought planning permission for the redevelopment of land and buildings at Lillington Free Church, Leamington Spa. The land and buildings were in desperate need for regeneration due to their poor condition, and there had been three previous attempts to secure planning permission for a viable redevelopment that had either been refused or withdrawn.

Working with Orbit and the consultant team, we engaged with the Church, local Councillors and residents, and the Local Planning Authority Officers to formulate a proposal that addressed the previous refusals and secured planning permission using delegated powers within four months of submission.

Pre-commencement conditions were dealt with expeditiously, and works commenced in 2018 with the demolition of the existing church. The replacement church/community hall was built in 2018 and funded from the proceeds from the sale of the remaining land to Orbit. The 25 affordable residential units are nearing completion.

Planning permission

Community Engagement

Offering support and advice when engaging your local community in planning related matters and development opportunities.


Secured planning permission
for care home

Marrons Planning successfully secured planning permission for an 80 bed care home in the West Midlands Green Belt in 2017.

We were brought into the project by the scheme architect, and prepared a planning statement to support the application.  The statement addressed the Green Belt designation and considerations that outweighed the harm caused by building in the Green Belt.

We represented the application at planning committee.  Whilst officers had recommended that planning permission be refused, the Planning Committee accepted that the need for specialist care accommodation outweighed the harm the development would cause to the openness of the Green Belt.  Members resolved to grant planning permission and the development was completed in 2020.

Planning permission has since been secured phase on adjacent land.  This comprises a 62 bed care home designed to provide accommodation for specialist dementia care.  This application was also recommended for refusal by planning officers, but again members accepted that there was a further need for this type of accommodation and resolved to grant planning permission.

Planning permission
bed care centre

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.