Draft Thanet Local Plan - 2031 - Pre-Submission Publication, Regulation 19

Agricultural dwellings

11.20 The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) states that the development of isolated homes in the countryside should be avoided unless there are special circumstances such as the essential need for a rural worker to live permanently at or near their place of work in the countryside.

11.21 Much of Thanet's countryside is in agricultural use. Planning permission will only be granted for a farm dwelling where an agricultural need has been demonstrated. In this context, need means the need of the particular farm business, rather than the owner or occupier of the farm or holding.

11.22 The Council takes the view that, in Thanet, agricultural need is directly related to the security of certain types of livestock, and horticultural produce. Thanet's agricultural land is largely in arable production which, by its nature, is not as susceptible to damage as other forms of agriculture.

11.23 The pattern of agricultural holdings in Thanet is well-established and stable, and the agricultural area is generally in close proximity to the urban areas. In view of this, the Council believes that there is little justification for new agricultural dwellings. Proposals for agricultural dwellings required for security purposes will be expected to be supported by information demonstrating that alternative measures such as CCTV have been considered.

Policy HO19 - New Agricultural Dwellings

The provision of new agricultural dwellings in the district will only be permitted where it is demonstrated that:

1) There is an operational or security requirement which necessitates that provision; or

2) A new viable agricultural unit requires on-site accommodation for operational purposes; and

3) The proposal is acceptable in terms of access, design and location.

Where planning permission for a new dwelling is granted on the basis of agricultural requirements, a condition or legal agreement will be required to restrict occupation of the dwelling to agricultural workers and their dependents, or persons last employed in agriculture.