Monthly Archives: June 2012

Planning Application Fees to Go Up – Get Your Applications In!

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Rural Solutions is informed that the government could unveil its long-delayed plans to reform the planning fees system before Parliament’s summer recess. It was initially thought that Council’s might be given the power to set their own planning application fees. However, it is more likely that an increase will be set by the Government in the order of 10 to 15%.

If you are preparing to submit a planning application Rural Solutions Ltd suggest you submit asap because the norm on such Government announcements is that the revised fees come into immediate effect or within days of the announcement.

Studies are 1st Class for Rural Solutions Construction Manager, Gail Culshaw

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Rural Solutions Construction Manager, Gail Culshaw has been nominated and accepted to receive the BAM sponsored prize for Best Overall Student BSc (Hons) Construction Management at Leeds Metropolitan University. Gail, who is in her second year of a five year course with an average of 85% will receive this award in recognition of her hard work and commitment to her part time studies.

Rural Solutions and the Dartmoor Classic Cyclosportive

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Rural Solutions in house architect Kate Paterson will be taking part in the 2012 Dartmoor Classic Cyclosportive this Sunday.

The Sportive is a 104km cycle race across the hills of Dartmoor. While the distance is a challenge the hills are more of a problem: the ride involves nearly 3.5km of vertical ascent up to the peaks of Princetown and Warren House Inn.

True “king of the mountains” will be looking to complete the ride in 4 ½ hours. Meanwhile Kate (who first climbed onto a road bike 3 months ago) will be looking for a finish time of around 6 hours without recourse to the broom wagon!

Craven District Council reduces affordable housing threshold

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The Planning Team at Rural Solutions has recently written to a number of local architects, agents and other interested parties based in and around, or active in the Craven area to update them on a recent policy change affecting residential developments within the District.

Craven District Council’s Policy Committee took the decision on Tuesday May 29th to reduce the threshold at which the authority will seek the provision of affordable houses on residential developments from 15 dwellings to 5.

This amendment, which we understand has not yet been formally publicised by the Council, is likely to impact upon many small and medium scale developments within the District and may lead architects and others advising local land owners to reassess the development potential of sites and emerging development schemes.

Duncan Hartley, Head of Planning at Rural Solutions and former Director of Development at Craven District Council, stated:

“We represent a number of developers who are active in the Craven area and this policy change is sure to have a big impact on both how sites are selected and how development proposals are advanced through the planning application system within the District. We will be closely watching how the Council advances its affordable housing policy through its current interim approach and its emerging Local Plan.”

For an informal discussion on how this policy change may impact upon land interests or emerging development proposals please contact Duncan Hartley or James Ellis on 01756 796199.

Can the Government be persuaded into one more U Turn?

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Following the uproar over the proposed taxation of charitable donations and the hullabaloo over the so called ‘Pasty Tax’, there remains another highly sensitive area of common interest that the Chancellor intends to raid in this age of austerity and coalition. This is the removal of 100% VAT tax relief on alterations to listed buildings. Although the imposition of 20% VAT on such works and to such buildings may be deemed to affect only a privileged few, this is a seismic change with the potential to impact on us all, particularly those who enjoy seeing the country’s rich built heritage in good condition and proactively maintained. It is obvious how this legislation will stagnate decision-making over whether a listed building or monument can be prioritised within already tight budgets and how this will erode the limited grant funds that are available. This legislation will add further to the weight of responsibility already placed on those individuals and organisations tasked with raising or maintaining the considerable funds necessary to protect the nation’s heritage assets. We all must recognise that we have a vested interest in doing what we can to make the Government reconsider this proposal. Please contact your MP directly or sign the petition below which closes on 27th June 2012; we will ultimately all be the ‘poorer’ should this become law.


Rural Solutions Secures Relaxation of Operating Restrictions at Rural Industrial Site

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Rural Solutions has recently received planning permission on behalf of a rural business owner within the Borough of Pendle in North West Lancashire.

The planning consent relates to the relaxation of operating restrictions for the new occupier of an industrial site with a long history of neighbour amenity problems.

The successful amendment of operating restrictions was secured as a result of detailed pre-application liaison between Rural Solutions and the Council’s Planning Department. This involved Rural Solutions proposing new operating restrictions, which were subsequently accepted by the Council, that balanced the operational needs of the applicant with the need to protect the living conditions of local residents.