About half of all UK farms have diversified and added new business activities to their traditional farming enterprise. At The Rural Planning Practice we are able to help our clients to diversify their existing business to be able to find new sources of income.

This can be done from assessing the land and buildings, then making suggestions that could add income to the farm from developing or redeveloping under used assets.  Some examples include the reuse of rural buildings, office conversions and holiday accommodation.

Planning permission may be required for any new development or material change of use of your land. However, if you plan to use agricultural land or buildings for agricultural purposes you do not need planning permission; and many agricultural and forestry operations are allowed under ‘permitted development rights’ without you having to apply for planning permission.