From 21 May 2024, farmers will no longer be required to submit a planning application for specific types of development.  This includes converting agricultural buildings to a wider range of commercial uses, such as larger farm shops, buildings for agricultural training and sporting facilities. Use of these permitted development rights remain subject to their existing approvals by the local planning authority. This allows planning matters to be considered in consultation with the local community.  For example, to change agricultural buildings to homes and flexible commercial use, individuals must seek prior approval from the local planning authority for specific issues and risks including transport and flooding.  Farmers will also be able to convert buildings on agricultural units and former agricultural buildings to a larger number of homes, more suited to rural needs.   Read more on this Defra blog post.