What is Paragraph 80? How this planning law could help you get planning permission on your plot

A paragraph 80 house in the Lincolnshire wolds
Barrow House in Lincolnshire was granted planning permission under Paragraph 80 despite being in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty due to it matching the surrounding area and using sustainable technology (Image credit: Andy Haslam)

Paragraph 80 in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is crucial for those looking to build in Green Belt areas.

If your dream project requires countryside planning permission then knowing the rules around how to design plans to meet Paragraph 80 conditions can be rather useful. And while, this section is devoted to granting applications in countryside locations, meeting the conditions for this is notoriously difficult.

Joseph Mullane
News Editor

News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.