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Farm Buildings

Volume 82: debated on Monday 1 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will introduce legislation to provide that farmers require planning permission for the erection of all farm buildings.

The erection of new agricultural buildings already requires planning permission, although general permission for many such buildings is given by class VI of the general development order. My Department has published proposals to amend the GDO so as to require specific planning permission for the development of livestock buildings near residential property; and proposals to qualify the exercise of GDO rights in respect of farm and forestry buildings and roads in the national parks.