O’Callaghan Planning has recently secured planning permission for a dwelling on a farm. In a peculiar case, the applicant did not possess a Category 1, 2 or 3 Farm Business ID number, nor claim Single Farm Payments. However, active farming was proven by providing lists of animal movements on the farm for all but two of the previous six years. Important considerations in this case were previous Planning Appeals Commission decisions, and statements by successive Ministers for the Environment. Previous PAC decisions established the principle that it is not necessary to actively farm continuously throughout the requisite 6 year period, while the Environment Minister confirmed that PPS 21 does not differentiate between different categories of Farm Business. Since DARD classify Category 3 Farm Businesses as “Hobby Farms” in effect this ensures that hobby farmers are equally entitled to dwellings on farms.