Question 1: Do you think there should be permitted development rights for buildings used for agricultural purposes to change use to:
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Unless of a very small scale, such changes of use would have land use impacts which are materially different to the existing uses. They will be taking place in unsustainable locations, remote from services and facilities and often served by a substandard highway network.
The scale and cumulative impact of such development needs to be assessed in order not to undermine the vitality and viability of nearby settlements or the character of the area.
It is also important to establish that there is an existing building that is structurally sound and capable of conversion to the new use without extensive alterations or additions which would then amount to new building in the open countryside.
The existing requirements for planning permission ensure that the impact of the development is appropriately considered and mitigated against where appropriate.