Case study

Commercial Change of Use Application in Open Countryside

Commercial Change of Use Application in Open Countryside

Conversion of Agricultural Barn to Sui Generis Dog Grooming Salon

Following negative pre-application advice recieved by our client, Charter House Planning were instructed to advise on the likelihood of achieving planning permission for a dog grooming business in open countryside near Andover. The proposed development was for the change of use of a barn, which was currently used for stabling.

In his pre-application advice, the Planning Officer stated that it was not essential or appropriate for the development to be located in the countryside and therefore, it did not accord with local planning policy. However, after Charter House Planning examined the pre-application response by Test Valley District Council it became apparent that the Planning Officer had provided incorrect advice and the application did in fact accord with the policies set out in Test Valley’s Adopted Local Plan.

Charter House Planning were able to successfully argue that the change of use supported both the sustainable re-use of buildings within the countryside and the growth and expansion of the rural economy. It was also highlighted that the improvement of the barn’s appearance would enhance the site’s immediate setting. The result of our arguments was a successful planning result, with Full Planning Permission granted for the change of use into the dog grooming business. The process resulted in one happy client and we were pleased to win the Council over!