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A Guide on Permitted Development Rights for Farmers

Jill Scrivener, MD of Bourne Rural, has recently produced a Guide (at the request of the South Downs National Park Authority) on permitted development rights for farmers, including those based in National Parks, please click here to view

The easy to use booklet is the first of its kind and is aimed at helping farmers to understand what works can, and cannot, be carried out under permitted development rights where there are many pitfalls and difficulties. It supplies 'top tips' and broad advice in order to help farmers understand if, and when, full planning permission is required.

Jill said:

"It was a pleasure working on this joint venture with the South Downs Authority. Our aim was to provide a useful tool to aid in the development of farmsteads in the National Park, ensuring that farmers have a far better understanding of agricultural permitted development rights, thus reducing the incidence of unauthorised development across the Park which represents a lose lose situation for everyone."  

Scott Stemp, one of the UK’s leading practitioners in Planning Law (Counsel No 5 Chambers) added:

"This booklet is an excellent Guide to the ever-changing requirements, limitations and interpretations of the GPDO.  It brings Jill’s expertise, experience and critical analysis to bear on the subject of agricultural permitted development, and is written clearly in an easy-to-follow format.  It provides readers with a much-needed understanding of the GPDO’s key requirements and procedures before taking that first step and undertaking any proposed agricultural development.”

Bourne Rural is committed to improving understanding in the industry and works with farmers and landowners to optimise opportunities on their land.  If you wish to explore any matters in detail, please do not hesitate to contact us on: 01264 737324 or

Jill Scrivener