Rural Solutions has recently received planning and listed building consent on behalf of a client for a small housing development on the site of a listed building in Craven District, North Yorkshire. The scheme proposed the sub-division of a listed former rectory building into two dwellings and the erection of two further dwellings within the curtilage. Rural Solutions planners worked closely with a heritage expert to demonstrate that the scheme would result in no harm to the significance of the listed building and would deliver much needed new homes in a sustainable, village location.
Monthly Archives: July 2012
Following our blog last week “Planning Application Fees to Go Up – Get Your Applications In!” (27th June 2012) the Government has now confirmed there will be an increase in planning fees in the form of “a one-off adjustment to up-rate fees in line with inflation, amounting to around 15% since 2008”. Contrary to speculation, these increases were not brought into force immediately and will be introduced instead through new fee regulations in the Autumn, expected to be around 1st October.
Speak to Rural Solutions about progressing any planning applications you may have now and avoid the fee increase.
Yesterday the Government announced the start of a three month consultation into proposed changes to the Permitted Development regulations which would help bring empty farm buildings back into use and secure jobs in rural areas. The proposals are part of a wider consultation on changes to Permitted Development rights and the Use Classes Order, aimed at kick-starting sustainable economic growth through maximising the use of redundant buildings.
The Government is proposing to allow redundant agricultural buildings to be changed into other ‘low impact’ business uses without the need for planning permission. The proposed changes would allow redundant barns and other agricultural buildings to be converted into uses such as workshops, offices, storage facilities, food processing centres, cafes, hotels and leisure facilities. Currently such changes would require planning permission and are often met with resistance from local planning authorities as the rural location may be perceived as unsustainable or local planning policies may require such uses to be located in urban areas. This approach makes it difficult for farmers and rural landowners to maximise the opportunities for diversification, put redundant buildings to use and provide much needed rural employment opportunities.
Whilst the Government consultation on changes is welcomed, the practicalities with implementing such permitted development changes will not be straight forward and introducing Permitted Development rights subject to a raft of conditions and limitations may result in a more complicated system for landowners to face than that currently in place. Rural Solutions will be responding to the Government consultation and will continue to monitor and update on its progression.