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NEWS RELEASE – Rural landowners gather to discuss the diversification opportunities despite Brexit at breakfast event, Blenheim Palace

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Maximising on land and property was the subject of our most recent breakfast briefing.

The event, held at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, gathered rural landowners and professionals from across the region and urged them to take control of assets and invest in a broader business base to protect themselves in the current climate amidst Brexit uncertainties.

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Now recruiting – Part I/Part II Architectural Assistant

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We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Part I or Part II Architectural Assistant to join our multi-disciplinary architectural team based in Skipton, North Yorkshire. You must be able to demonstrate excellent design skills alongside strong communication. You will also need a minimum of 12 months experience and a sound working knowledge of AutoCAD, SketchUp and Adobe design packages is essential.

We are offering an excellent working environment, salary and benefits package for the right candidate. This is a full time role – Monday to Friday.

Rural Solutions offer a ‘concept to completion’ service to our clients which includes advice, planning, architecture and project management. Our architecture team work across a range of projects including small and medium scale residential, leisure and retail, regeneration and heritage work in primarily rural locations throughout the UK.

Please apply with covering letter and examples of your work portfolio, stating your salary expectations, to Malcolm Birks, Head of Architecture at Rural Solutions – malcolm.birks@ruralsolutions.co.uk or call 01756 243108 for more details.

 

Closing date:  Friday 3 March 2017

Planning Consent Granted to Expand Children’s Nursery

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Rural Solutions have secured planning permission for a new purpose built day nursery that will allow the client to increase the number of children from 80 to 150.  The age ranges from baby to 14 years of age.

The wish to expand is driven by the need to accommodate the increase in free hours of childcare for 3-4 year olds, which the Government are introducing from September 2017.

Rural Solutions undertook initial pre-application discussions with Selby Council on a separate parcel of land to the north of the village. Feedback from the Council was not particularly favourable so Rural Solutions recommended redeveloping the site of the existing day nursery.

The site was located outside the village settlement boundary to the rear of the client’s residential property in the open countryside. The proposed development was not insignificant in size with the building being approximately 990 square metres in area. A single-storey approach was therefore taken to minimise the impact and playfully-designed timber cladding helps to provide an appropriate and sensitive feel to the building.

Prior to the submission of the application the importance of attaining local support was stressed to the client who was very proactive in generating local support from the Parish Council, local residents and head teachers at nearby primary schools. The application saw more than a dozen letters of support and no letters of objection. As more than 10 letters of support were received it meant that the application could only be heard at Planning Committee should the officer choose to recommend refusal of the application.

Rural Solutions kept in regular contact with the Case Officer discussing and answering any queries throughout the application and addressing any initial concerns. As such the Case Officer was confident to support the planning application and a decision was subsequently issued under delegated powers.

 

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Yorkshire Dales village to receive new housing

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A hard fought approval was won yesterday afternoon in Clapham on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park with a resubmission for 3 houses which was approved at Craven District Council Planning Committee.  

The scheme had support from the Parish, Councillors, AONB Partnership and local residents who saw the merits of the scheme.

Our client was very pleased to achieve a consent and to be able to bring forward much needed rural homes.

                                                                     

 

Rural Solutions are recruiting – Graphic Designer

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We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Post Graduate Graphic Designer to join our multi-disciplinary team based in Skipton, North Yorkshire (BD23). You must be able to demonstrate excellent design skills alongside strong communication. You will also need a minimum of 12 months experience and a sound working knowledge of Adobe design packages is essential.

We are offering an excellent working environment, salary and benefits package for the right candidate. This is a full time role – Monday to Friday.

Rural Solutions offer a ‘concept to completion’ service to our clients which includes advice, planning, architecture and project management. Our architecture team work across a range of projects including small and medium scale residential, leisure and retail, regeneration and heritage work in primarily rural locations throughout the UK.

The ideal candidate should be able to demonstrate:-

  • Graduate level in Graphic Design/ IT/ Marketing or equivalent
  • A sound understanding of HTML/ XAML and CSS
  • Some experience of creating HTML email and brochure templates (Inc Responsive Design)
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • A flair for design
  • Some experience of digital design
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong communication and organisational skills
  • Articulate and personable
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Broad, general Web background knowledge is preferable

 

Some of your key responsibilities will include:-

  • Assistance with production of document templates including Design and Access statements and drawing packages
  • Production of D&A Statements using content from rest of team
  • Creation of diagrams including development frameworks/movement & access, using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Create a suite of infographics
  • Creation of user friendly template documents
  • Create summary pages for companywide reports
  • Use of InDesign for document production
  • Use of Photoshop for adjustment and presentation of drawings
Please apply with covering letter and examples of your work portfolio, stating your salary expectations, to Malcolm Birks, Head of Architecture at Rural Solutions, Canalside House, Brewery Lane, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1DR (info@ruralsolutions.co.uk) or call 01756 243108 for more details.

Visit the Farm Business Innovation Show in Birmingham

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Rural Solutions will be exhibiting and speaking at the Farm Business Innovation Show taking place at Birmingham NEC on Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 November.

The show is free to enter and tickets can be ordered online from the Show website.

The Rural Solutions advisory, business development and planning teams will be at the show and they will be available to talk to you about your diversification ideas.  Willy Browne-Swinburne will also be speaking on Thursday morning about how you decide which diversification idea is the right one for you!

More information about the Show and free tickets can be found here http://www.farmbusinessshow.co.uk/

Rural Solutions runner up in Rural Business Awards

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Rural Solutions attended the dinner and awards ceremony last night for ‘The Rural Business Awards’ in partnership with CLA and are very proud to announce that we are runner up in the ‘2016 Best Rural Professional Services Business’ category.

The Awards co-founder, Jemma Clifford said “Rural Solutions was simply an excellent, successful business.  They demonstrated growth on profits, creation of jobs and associated employment in rural communities, all based on a sound knowledge of the key aspects of rural life.”

Congratulations to all our fellow finalists – it is wonderful to see so many successful rural businesses out there doing great things for the rural economy and raising the profile of the countryside.

National Park grant consent for extension to rural dwelling

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The Yorkshire Dales National Park have this week granted planning consent for a converted barn in Littondale to add an extension which will provide additional living space for the young family.

Rural Solutions Architecture and Planning teams worked with the National Park to achieve a satisfactory result through a subservient extension which will match the existing barn and will use traditional building materials.

It is hoped that work will begin shortly to take advantage of the mild Autumn weather.