LAMBING sheds to the rear of Ilsington Farm, Tincleton, could be converted to commercial use writes Trevor Bevins.

Dorset Council is being asked for its views on the development, which is allowed under planning rules for agricultural buildings which no longer have a farming use.

If the council agrees, the development could go ahead without the need for full planning permission.

The application says that the buildings have been used for storage and were last in agricultural use in 2012. It asks for a change to ‘flexible commercial use’ for 285 square metres of floorspace.

Agents say the site has a good road access and the wider farm site is currently occupied by workshops. The proposal says the change of use would not add to any noise or pollution risks and would help the ongoing viability of the farming business through diversification.

The application is open for public comment until March 14 and is expected to be decided by a planning officer under delegated powers.

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