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Rishi Sunak has delivered on a promise to farmers to slash purple tape which permits them to transform barns into farm retailers with out planning permission.

People will be capable of convert unused buildings into new properties and retailers from immediately following new planning legal guidelines which have now come into impact.

Landowners in England will now not have to spend money and time making use of for planning permission.

The overhaul adopted Jeremy Clarkson’s extremely publicised planning struggles to show a revenue on his Diddly Squat Farm close to Chipping Norton.

Farming Minister Mark Spencer mentioned: “I’m extraordinarily happy to assist our farmers and supply them the liberty to determine the perfect makes use of for buildings on their land, with out pointless paperwork holding them again.

“We are listening to farmers and putting them at the heart of future development of our rural areas.

“Helping farmers secure their businesses and get on with the important job of producing food is our top priority.”

The Prime Minister vowed to end planning red tape for farmers looking to convert barns into farm shops following Jeremy Clarkson’s row with West Oxfordshire District Council.

The TV presenter had been in a back-and-forth battle with the local authority over extending parking facilities at the site, featured on the Amazon series Clarkson’s Farm.

Mr Clarkson dropped a bid for a restaurant on his farm following a planning row.

The authority rejected planning permission for the restaurant, based in and around one of the farm’s barns.

Lee Rowley, minister for housing, planning and building safety, said: “Farmers are the lifeblood of communities, and these changes give them the freedom to grow their businesses, and plan for their futures.

“This is all part of our long-term plan for housing to deliver more homes for rural communities and reform the planning system, removing unnecessary barriers to development.”

The adjustments will double the quantity of floorspace that may change from agricultural to “flexible commercial use” from 500 sq. metres to 1,000 sq. metres.

There has additionally been a rise within the dimension of recent buildings or extensions that may be constructed on farms over 5 hectares from 1,000 sq. metres to 1,500 sq. metres.