Change of use of agricultural buildings to Class B Business Uses

MB Planning has recently secured planning permission for a major development involving a number of agricultural buildings at a farm near Romsey.

Test Valley Borough Council became aware there had been a breach of planning control through the change of use of a number of agricultural buildings to a variety of Class B Business Uses (offices/storage and distribution/industrial uses etc).  The Council made our client aware there was a need to submit a planning application to regularise the situation.  MB Planning was appointed to submit the planning application to confirm the change of use from agricultural to business across a total of 11 buildings.  

The planning application needed to deal with a number of complex issues, including the impact on the countryside character and setting, the level of traffic generation arising from the business uses, and the environmental health impact of the business uses on both the site and nearby residential properties.


MB Planning was ultimately able to demonstrate that the business uses at the site would not cause harm to the countryside surroundings, or have a harmful impact on the rural road network in which the site is situated.  MB Planning also held a site meeting with a Council Environmental Health Officer and was able to allay concerns regarding noise and contamination, both within the site and affecting nearby properties.

After some negotiation (over issues such as the level of outside storage and the extent of new landscaping to be provided), Test Valley Borough Council were satisfied the proposal satisfied all relevant local plan policies, and accordingly approved the planning application, thereby regularising the use of the site for Class B Business purposes, and ensuring our client no longer has the threat of any Council enforcement action being taken. 

If you are considering a commercial development and/or change of use, contact MB Planning today for free and impartial advice.


These former agricultural buildings now have a new and valuable authorised business use

Removal of agrictural tie on dwelling in Andover

MB Planning worked on behalf of the landowner of a large residential plot on the edge of Andover to secure the removal of an agricultural tie affecting both the main residence on the site, and an adjacent bungalow.


This form of planning application requires a substantial amount of detail to justify the loss of the agricultural tie.  MB Planning advised our client of the information that would be needed (which took 6+ months to collate) and presented a planning application to Test Valley Borough Council to demonstrate that an agricultural tie at the site was no longer necessary, either for the site itself, or to serve any agricultural enterprises in the locality of the site. 


The Council were satisifed that the evidence presented a compelling case to remove the agricultural tie, resulting in two properties being able to be sold to the open market, and no longer being restricted to agricultural workers only.   

Replacement dwelling in Hampshire village

MB Planning was commissioned to deal with a replacement dwelling proposal for a site within a small village in northern Hampshire.


The landowners had previously submitted a planning application for a replacement dwelling, but found the Council objected to their plans on Conservation and Landscape grounds. The Council were also concerned the proposed dwelling would not comply with the character of the village.


MB Planning provided initial advice to the client on how best to amend the proposal, so as to comply with the Council’s objections, but at the same time provide a replacement dwelling that was satisfactory for their needs. Following this advice, a planning application was submitted. The application included the provision of a planning statement and design and access statement, both of which were prepared by MB Planning.


The planning application prepared by MB Planning was able to allay the Council’s concerns regarding the impact of the dwelling on the landscape, and the impact the dwelling would have upon the character of the village. While an objection was again received on Conservation grounds, MB Planning was able to persuade the Council that the proposed dwelling would not cause harm to an adjacent Listed Building (this being the main concern raised by the Council).  The application was approved to the delight of our clients.

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Environmentally friendly dwelling in Kent AONB

MB Planning worked alongside Haus UK architects in presenting a planning application for a single dwelling on an isolated plot of land in mid Kent. The proposed dwelling consisted of a high quality design within a sensitive Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) setting.


MB Planning was responsible for identifying the main planning constraints relating to the site. Following this analysis, MB Planning prepared a planning statement to demonstrate how the proposed development could overcome these constraints and successfully integrate into the sensitive countryside and AONB setting.


The Council were impressed with the quality of the application submission and design proposal and duly approved the planning application.

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Large extension to rural dwelling

MB Planning has been successful in achieving planning permission for a large extension to an existing bungalow in Pamber Green, a small settlement north of Basingstoke.


The extension was to replace an existing garage outbuilding to the rear of the property.  The main issues were the impact on the character and appearance of the area, and the impact on neighbouring properties.


MB Planning was able to demonstrate in the planning documentation that the extension, although large, would have no impact on the surroundings, nor harm the character of the area.  The application was therefore swiftly approved by the Council.





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