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Tim G

  • Joined Oct 2012
Question regarding building workshop on agricultural land...
« on: October 22, 2012, 11:40:36 pm »
I asked this question in my introduction thread but someone advised i'd probably get more response here...

'I do have one question and hope someone on here can help... I have read loads about the process of getting permission to run a smallholding business, building an agricultural building etc and understand the most of it i think but i am wondering if running a farm machinery(more vintage than modern) repair and restoration business from a building on the land would be classed as agricultural or some kind of industrial? And if it is agricultural is it worth using it as a reason for needing a workshop on the land? I currently restore and repair classic VW's and American classic cars as a day job.'



  • Joined Aug 2010
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Question regarding building workshop on agricultural land...
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2012, 08:36:02 am »
It wouldnt be agricultural, since only mending your own machinery for use on the land would qualify for that. It would be commercial/industrial and would def require PP.
However, the planners might look favourably on it as a 'farm diversification' - but that would be more likely if it involved the re-use of eg an old stone barn that wasnt suitable for modern livestock keeping standards, not sure it would get many brownie points if the building was a new one going up. However they might be encouraging to a business doing vintage farm machinery restoration as a concept.

Tim G

  • Joined Oct 2012
Re: Question regarding building workshop on agricultural land...
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2012, 10:22:43 am »
Thank you very much for that reply, that's answered the question fully.



  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Stirlingshire, Central Scotland
Re: Question regarding building workshop on agricultural land...
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2012, 11:20:53 am »
The planners here were very funny about agricultural classification, and refused it for our outbuilding. This is despite 1/3 being used for storing animal feed, 1/3 of it being a goose house, and the final 1/3 being a workshop used to support the smallholding.  Their reason? "Well, in the photos, you're keeping your wheelie bin inside under cover, so that means it's domestic, not agricultural!!
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