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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.

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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INDUSTRY COMMENT – Planning authorities can be the enabler to the roll out of digital infrastructure improvements to rural communities

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Recently, we heard the announcement that by 2020 high-speed broadband will be a legal right for every home and business in the UK. We were delighted to hear news that hopefully rural areas in the UK would be able to benefit from fast broadband, supporting commercial enterprise in the countryside. Read More