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INDUSTRY NEWS – Changes to the Standard Method for Assessing Local Housing Need

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The publication of new household projections by the Office for National Statistics has led to a significant reduction in the overall numbers generated by the standard method for assessing local housing need.

As a result, the government has published a technical consultation document setting out proposals to update Planning Practice Guidance to be consistent with its stated aims of ‘significantly boosting’ housing supply and achieving a national target of 300,000 new homes per annum.

The consultation also proposes clarifications of national planning policy on; housing land supply; the definition of ‘deliverable’, and when the presumption can be applied in relation to appropriate assessment.

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BE INSPIRED: Beyond the Traditional Farm Shop

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two hands exchanging fruit at a farm shop farmers market with title of blog beyong the traditional farm shopThe Farm Shop is by no means a new concept, it’s been a great way for farmers to drive revenue for many years.

However, with the growing farm-to-table movement and the increased demand for food providence, farm shops have increasingly become a successful form of diversification for farmers nationwide. With an estimated 4,000 farm shops in the UK and a combined annual turnover of approximately £1.5bn, it is now a very significant market.

However, while offering your produce for sale is popular, unless you have plenty of passing traffic it is necessary to think more imaginatively to sustain the operation and drive the customer numbers. It’s important to make visiting your farm as enticing as possible, thinking about providing additional experiences and activities, based on your location and available resources.

Here are some of the most popular farm shop experiences across the UK, who stand as strong examples of what can be done to enhance the experience and offer, and ways in which you can expand further as an aspiring rural entrepreneur:

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INDUSTRY NEWS – Government Releases New Environmental Planning Instruments

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On 24th October the government published statutory instruments regarding environmental assessments and related planning procedures.

While not intended to make substantial changes to current policy, they are aimed at ensuring continued operation of the existing planning system with little to no interruption when the UK leaves the European Union (EU) on 29th March 2019.

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BE INSPIRED – Is Glamping Part of Your Diversification Strategy?

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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.

ADVISORY COMMENT – Dare to diversify? Top tips from Executive Director, James Del Mar, in the current climate before embarking on rural diversification

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rural solutions, rural diversification, farm diversification, estates, land and business, countrysideIf you didn’t see our piece from Executive Director, James Del Mar on rural diversification advice in the Landsman this month, here it is.

We are seeing increasing numbers of farmers and landowners identifying new opportunities and creating new revenue streams to complement their core businesses.

This is welcome news, as some recent research suggests many are also considering the implications of Brexit and doing nothing about it or thinking that there are too many unknowns to be able to do anything.
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INDUSTRY COMMENT – Opportunities for Paragraph 55 New Country Houses is maintained in revised NPPF but is renamed Paragraph 81

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Para 55, para55, paragraph 55, paragraph55, NPPF, Spiral House, Blackdown Hills AONBBy Associate Director, James Ellis

As part of our recent review of the changes within the consultation draft of the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) we examined with interest the policy on New Country Houses.  Read More

INDUSTRY COMMENT – Rural Solutions welcomes new minister for housing and planning

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Rural development, residential development, planning permission, consentThe latest Cabinet reshuffle sees the appointment of a new housing and planning minister, to a newly branded ‘Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’, signalling an increased priority placed upon the continuing housing crisis.

 

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