Success! No Prior Approval Required for an Agricultural Building in the Harrogate District
Prism Ag prepared an Agricultural Statement for Planning using appropriate industry calculations to justify that the proposed general purpose agricultural machinery building in the Harrogate Borough Council area, met the essential need of the applicants agricultural trade or business, and the application was submitted using the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) 2015 (as amended), Schedule 2, Part 6, Class A – agricultural developments on units of 5ha or more. The Local Authority assessed the application, supported by comprehensive evidence and information from the Agricultural Statement for Planning and decided that No Prior Approval was required.
This success followed two previous refusals at the farm in 2017 and 2018 respectively by another agent who proposed a small barn in the middle of an open field, with no access track (despite the farm having some 750 metres of tracks). The lack of evidence submitted with the two previous refusals, did not show any justification for the size of the barn proposed, as it happened once the calculations had been prepared, there was clear justfication for two agricultural buildings, one for machinery and one for hay/bulk fruit storage.
It is often the case that not enough information has been submitted for the Prior Notification route by applicants and some agents to prove there is a genuine agricultural trade or business and to justify the floorspace and proposed scale of the building within the application for LPA's to make an informed decision which often leads to refusals.
Have you had an agricultural building refused based on a lack of information? Get in touch with Prism Agriculture on 0800 135 7450 or 'Make an Enquiry' on our contact page.