Changes to permitted development rights for farm buildings

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...

Hedgerow regulations are now enshrined in law

Following the end of cross compliance, Defra consulted on new hedgerow regulations.  These have now been passed by Parliament.  The Management of Hedgerows (England) Regulations 2024 provides a consistent approach for their protection across the country. This...

Export of live animals for slaughter is now banned in law

A new ban on exporting live animals (exc poultry) for slaughter and fattening from Great Britain came into law on Monday 20 May as the Animal Welfare (Livestock Exports) Act received Royal Assent.  The Act will ensure that animals are slaughtered domestically in high...

Read an update on changes to Class Q and Class R Conversions

Class Q relates to the conversion of barns to residential accommodation and Class R relates to the change of use of agricultural buildings. The main differences for Class Q applications are that as from 21 May 2024 the previous five-unit restriction has been increased...

Changes to Hemp Licensing announced

For every tonne of hemp produced, 1.63 tonnes of carbon is removed from the air, which makes hemp an effective sequester of carbon dioxide.  The roots of the hemp plant grow strong and up to nine feet deep, and the root networks can help to hold the soil together and...