What is the Class Q planning exemption and why is it increasing farmland value?

A view of fields of farmland in Britain
Class Q is raising the value of farmland across the UK (Image credit: Getty)

Class Q is a type of planning permission that allows buildings to change from agricultural to residential use providing they meet certain criteria. 

It was introduced in 2014 to help make it easier to achieve planning for conversion and in turn ease the pressure on housing in rural areas caused by high house prices, low wages, seasonal renting, high levels of second home ownership, and an ageing population.

Simon Rix
Simon Rix

This article has been reviewed by planning consultant Simon Rix. Simon worked as a planning officer and later an elected councillor for local government in the 1990s, beforing setting up Planix.UK Planning Consultants Ltd. He is a regular contributor to Homebuilding & Renovating.

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