Agent Bruton Knowles has gained planning permission to convert and develop a Dutch Barn north of Cirencester into an aparthotel, drawing on recently introduced Permitted Development Rights.

Over 60% of UK farmers have at least one form of diversification business, generating around £580m, but many are hampered by change-of-use rules in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty or National Parks. Diversification is crucial for farmers looking to re-purpose their business, especially where development rights for Class Q (agricultural to residential) have not been granted.

Under Class R rights, the barn in question qualified for conversion from an agricultural building to commercial use, such as a hotel, but was not allowed any other associated building work. However permission was granted on appeal for any required parking and landscaped screening, as they were deemed sympathetic to the barn’s character and surroundings.