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Note: agricultural land is a permitted SSAS investment
Permitted development rights are basically a right to make certain changes to a building without the need to apply for planning permission. The Government has announced changes which would extend permitted development rights in certain circumstances to allow existing agricultural buildings to be used for other purposes such as offices and retail space.
A Government press notice confirmed that the new permitted development rights for agricultural buildings would not allow conversion to residential dwellings.
However, on 9 May the Government confirmed that “existing redundant agricultural buildings of 500m2 or less will be able to change to a range of new business uses, to boost the rural economy whilst protecting the open countryside from development.” These changes have now been made by the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (England) Order 2013 (SI 2013/1101), which came into force on 30 May 2013.