Monthly Archives: October 2011

Rural Solutions are Recruiting!

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Associate Planner

Based in
our Hertfordshire office near Stevenage

Salary Range – £30,000 – £37,000 per annum, full time



Based in
our Yorkshire office near Skipton

Salary Range – £22,000 – £26,000 per annum, full time



Rural Solutions Ltd are specialists in rural planning, regeneration and diversification, and construction project management and work throughout the UK from offices in North Yorkshire and Hertfordshire.  We work with owners of private estates and farms, corporate and public bodies and other groups with rural land and property interests.

We are seeking to appoint an Associate Planner in our Hertfordshire office to strengthen our existing team and structure.   It is expected that the ideal candidate will be a member of the RTPI and have a solid background in the local market. It is essential you have extensive experience of working in the private sector and have a strong commercial understanding. You will have excellent communication and negotiation skills.

We are also appointing a Planner for our North Yorkshire office.  You will assist in a range of planning activities such as: the submission of applications; the promotion of sites through the development plan system; the evaluation of land use options and providing advice to clients.   Previous private sector experience would be an advantage but not essential.

Both roles require a degree or equivalent in Town Planning and a proven track record.

These are fantastic opportunities to join an ever growing and expanding organisation, working with an established and respected private practice.

Applications are to be submitted in writing with cover letter and CV to Emma Darbyshire at by Friday 4th November.

Associate Planner Job Description

Planner Job Description





Rural Solutions Wins Over National Park

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Rural Solutions, the Yorkshire based diversification specialists have helped to secure an exciting contemporary extension of a Grade II* listed church within the North York Moors National Park.

The company was approached by LEDA Architects following the refusal of their planning and listed building consent applications for the extension of the stone church near Helmsley using a contemporary zinc clad extension to facilitate the change of use of the church to a holiday let.

Rural Solutions provided a detailed appraisal outlining how the contemporary design was in accordance with relevant national and local planning and conservation policies. This appraisal formed the predominant part of the case at the appeal hearing into the refused applications. On August 18th the Inspector returned his decision upholding the appeal, recognising that the proposed development constituted the type of ‘intelligently managed change’ that is necessary to maintain heritage assets for the long term.

Duncan Hartley, Rural Solutions’ Director of Planning, commented that: “The successful appeal outcome is extremely pleasing and not only reflects our strong knowledge of planning and conservation policy relating to listed buildings and the historic environment, but also the value that we can add to projects through working with architects and owners of historic buildings.”

Jonathan Lindh of LEDA commented that: “The client and LEDA were very determined that we should pursue the option of an appeal against the NYNPA refusal. We believed that our proposal was the best solution for the existing church building. However we did not under-estimate the task before us and we were very impressed and delighted by the expert advice and service we received from RSL. A great result for all.”

BBC Countryfile – Sunday 2 October 2011

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This week’s Countryfile came from Cumbria and featured the World Sheepdog Trials, the restoration of Lowther Castle and also John Craven’s report on the NPPF.


The government’s proposing to strip back the planning process in a bid to get more houses built and to kick-start the economy. With a shortage of affordable homes, particularly in rural areas, some people are welcoming changes to the planning laws. But others fear the proposals could change the face of our countryside and lead to unwelcome development. John discovers more about the pros and cons of the plans.

See the programme again on the BBC Iplayer