Whilst the building was historically used for agricultural purposes it had in more recent years been used ancillary to a nearby dwelling and as such the option of a Class Q conversion could have been challenged.  Instead RCC pursued the application using the 'normal' planning route where the proposal was considered against local and national planning policy.  It is important to remember that there are planning policies that allow for the conversion of buildings in the countryside to residential use and this route should not be overlooked.  In some ways it is preferable to the Class Q route which is fraught with legal technicalities.