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1. Most certainly, you can obtain planning permission for a retirement bungalow. One of the criteria the planners take into account is the needs of the person in a particular area. As you are now older, a retirement bungalow represents your reasonable needs. I would advise you to go to your local Planning Office and speak informally with the planner and see their attitude. In this way, you can prepare for an appropriate planning application. Issues such as where any waste effluent or septic tank will go, will be the principal concerns of the planners, given that you are in a rural agricultural setting. You can then employ an architect if there are particular planning concerns of interest to the planners. It is a great help that the property has always been rated as residential. Any new retirement bungalow will merely be part of this residential cluster.