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INDUSTRY NEWS – Permission in Principle (PiP) explained

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The PiP is a new planning consent route which has been introduced in this year which will essentially simplify, speed up and encourage the allocation of brownfield land for housing-led development.  The process has two stages: the consideration of matters of principle for proposed development and the technical detail of the development. Read More

NEWS RELEASE – Whole Estate Plan first is a material gain with Wiston Estate and South Downs National Park Authority

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Wiston estate, Whole Estate Plan, first, produced, South Down National Park AuthorityRural Solutions are delighted to share the news that their work with the Wiston Estate has come to fruition. The ‘Wiston Whole Estate Plan’ put together by Rural Solutions along with estate principal, Richard Goring over the last 12 months, was formally endorsed at the South Downs National Park Authority’s  (SDNPA) Resources and Performance Committee on 20th July 2017.  Read More

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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Planning consent granted for new 400 seat opera house in Leicestershire

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Working in conjunction with Nevill Holt Opera and Stirling Prize winning architects Witherford Watson Mann, Rural Solutions prepared and submitted a planning and listed building application to Harborough District Council which was approved in November and will see a new and permanent opera house at the medieval Nevill Holt Hall near Market Harborough.

Duncan Hartley, Director of Planning at Rural Solutions said “The critical role of Rural Solutions ensured a detailed and effective pre-application consultation process.  We coordinated the inputs of the District Council (Planning, Conservation, Ecology), the County Council (Archaeology) and Historic England in the pre-application process.  We ensured the final submitted scheme met the client’s desires whilst also meeting the relevant requirements of the consultees.  The subsequent applications were determined promptly and under the Council’s scheme of delegation.  An entirely collaborative approach was undertaken by all parties and Rural Solutions spearheaded that exercise.”

The application will create an outstanding, beautiful and permanent theatre for opera at Nevill Holt which will sit within a Grade II* listed stable block on the Estate.  The new auditorium will have an orchestra pit, stage and balcony enabling the acoustics to be significantly improved.  The internal walls of the courtyard will also be uncovered.  The scheme will safeguard 40 full and part jobs.



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

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.