Farmers Weekly Business Clinic: do we need planning permission to open a farm shop?

A farming couple are considering setting up and opening a farm shop on their land.

Many decisions lie ahead: identifying a target market, assessing the competition and creating a marketing strategy. 

Before they get to that stage, however, the couple need to establish whether planning permission is required.

Writing for Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic, solicitor Diana Miller highlights some of the criteria that could influence a planning officer’s decision, including whether the shop is ancillary to the existing farming enterprise, planning conditions that currently exist on the building, and the type of stock the couple intends to sell to customers.

Click here to read the full article in Farmers Weekly.

To discuss this matter further, please email Diana Miller on or contact another member of Thrings’ specialist Agriculture team.

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