I don’t know how many farmers I have met over the years who recounted at length the hoops they had to jump through to get planning permission for a house on their land.

The difficulty of the process seems to vary from time to time and from county to county, but a common thread is the applicant’s connection with the area and, in many cases, evidence of a connection with farming is looked for, and in some cases, even an indication that the applicant will live in the house themselves and undertake not to sell it for at least five years.