Planning change good news for farmers

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Owners of farm buildings can now look for valuable alternative uses for these properties following a change in planning rules.

Farm properties can be considered for several new uses subject to certain approvals, according to Elizabeth Allen, of the land agency at Spalding’s branch of Brown and Co. These include shops, financial and professional services, restaurants, business, storage and hotel and leisure.

Agricultural buildings must have been in agricultural use since July 3, 2012, and the cumulative floor space of the building must not exceed 500m2 (about 5,000sq ft).