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Farms winners in red tape cut

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

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Farmers and rural landowners across the South West are set to benefit from a change in planning rules that could help them make more use of redundant buildings.

Rural estate specialists at Bruton Knowles say changes made by Planning Minister Nick Boles that will allow redundant or under-used agricultural buildings to be converted into homes, schools or nurseries could provide a lifeline for some landowners.

Richard Brogden, planning partner at Bruton Knowles, which has offices in Bristol, Gloucester, Taunton and Plymouth, said: "There are a lot of opportunities for converting farm buildings in the South West as there are so many livestock farms and at the same time a shortage of housing.

"There has been too much red tape involved in getting permissions in the past and this will be a real boost for many communities."

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