All posts by Mez Khan

Industry Update: The Aylesbury Vale Plan Has Been Deemed Unsound

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A panoramic view of Aylesbury ValeA recent planning examination of the Aylesbury Vale local plan has concluding in a warning that “further work” is necessary in order for the document to gain approval. The inspector has recommended that the housing target should increase by approximately 15 per cent.

An initial version of the plan was also rejected in 2014, despite the council having received support from the Government. Following the recent rejection, the planning inspector in question now urges the council to work collaboratively will him in order to perfect the next version.


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INDUSTRY UPDATE: New Pre-Commencement Planning Conditions: What You Need to Know

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Planning conditions exist to support development which would otherwise be unacceptable in planning terms to proceed. They are a significant way of ensuring regulation and are therefore a useful tool for Local Planning Authorities (LPA’s) to control development.

design blueprint next to power tools on a table looking at pre-commencement planning conditionsThere are, however, disadvantages, which often see developers laden with multiple conditions to be discharged prior to gaining permission to even commence their development; it can be an expensive and time-consuming exercise while challenging house builders to try and reach completion prior to planning permission running out.

In order to ease the strain on LPA’s and developers alike and to reduce the delay between planning permission being granted and the commencement of work on the site, the Government has introduced the new regulations regarding pre-commencement conditions.

From the beginning of this month there are new regulations regarding pre-commencement conditions. The changes now mean that:

  • LPA’s must get written agreement between the applicant (and Rural Solutions acting as your planning agent) and themselves to attach pre-commencement conditions to a full planning permission.
  • The time limit for comments back to the LPA with regard their ask on agreeing pre-commencement conditions is 10 working days.

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BE INSPIRED – Is Glamping Part of Your Diversification Strategy?

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Wooden glamping pod with cyclist guests - is glamping part of your diversification strategy

Glamping – short for glamorous camping – has fast become popular amongst those eager to experience rural getaways without having to completely submit to the adversities of traditional camping.

With the rise of domestic tourism in a post-Brexit UK, more and more people are turning to the beauty of the British countryside, especially when it can offer a sense of luxury, Glamping is one way that offers landowners a potentially exciting opportunity to maximise their income. Looking beyond the traditional idea of farm bed & breakfasts, the concept of self-contained holiday accommodation may be a good fit for those wanting to expand into the hospitality sector but are uncomfortable with opening-up their family home to strangers.

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PLANNING NEWS – Consent achieved for conversion of two listed buildings to a residential scheme in green belt

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We have recently obtained planning permission for the conversion and extension of a domestic outbuilding to create a single dwelling.

Located within designated Green Belt and within the setting of two listed buildings, the Rural Solutions planning and design teams worked collaboratively on the scheme to develop a proposal that removed other existing structures within the domestic curtilage (greenhouses and sheds) creating a larger overall internal floor area to provide residential accommodation.

The project involved a pre-application submission, a site meeting and regular contact with Uttlesford District Council. It was a small but complex project and our client is extremely pleased with the outcome after a year in the process.

EVENT: We Will be Exhibiting at the Farm Business Innovation Show 2018

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Banner for Rural Solutions Exhibiting at The farm business innovation show 2018 in Birmingham

We are delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting at the Farm Business Innovation Show 2018.

Rural Solutions will once again be exhibiting at the Farm Business Innovation Show. We will be bringing you our unique expertise and experience in all things diversification related. A perfect opportunity to discuss and gain guidance on how to maximise your assets and take control of your future. We will also be hosting two inspiring seminars at which our directors, Rob Hindle & Willy Browne-Swinburne, will be speaking.
This event is the nation’s largest dedicated to providing rural entrepreneurs and landowners with the tools needed to diversify their land and assets in order to increase their income.

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