Category Archives: estate owners
By Head of Planning, James Podesta
Today has seen the long-anticipated publication of the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The NPPF has been subject of consultation since late 2016 and has been published ahead of parliamentary summer recess. Read More
If 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.
Staycations are increasingly popular – these minibreaks give us a reason to get out into the fresh air with our nearest and dearest, and experience all the amazing countryside the UK has to offer, it’s probably the easiest and most enjoyable way to make the most of our leisure time throughout the year.
Since 2010, tourism has been the fastest growing sector in the UK in employment terms and Britain is forecast to have a tourism industry worth over £257 billion by 2025.
It comes as no surprise to us, as the vast majority of our colleagues enjoy at least one break a year in the UK countryside and therefore regularly invest in it, and we don’t think we are that unusual. Whether it be a glamping weekend with friends, a wedding celebration, a family holiday or simply a visit to the local petting farm with the children on a weekend. These are all profitable opportunities that our clients are investing in and offering.
Our colleagues will be reporting back on their own staycations to demonstrate the breadth of experiences available in the UK countryside and the significant popularity they enjoy.
We are delighted to announce that the Wiston Whole Estate Plan has been nominated for the Award for Plan-Making at the 2018 Planning Awards.
On 10th May 2018, we provided our consultation response on the revised, draft NPPF to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Here is an overview of what we shared with them.
We are thrilled to share news that the construction of a new opera house, which Rural Solutions achieved planning permission for, at the Nevill Holt Opera site in Market Harborough is underway and due for completion next month with the first performance taking place on 14th June.
By Executive Director, Rob Hindle.
Delivered at the recent CLA Buckinghamshire Debate on – IS IT TIME FOR THE GREEN BELT TO GO OR BE MORE FLEXIBLE?
Green Belt policy has been highly effective in meeting the original aim of maintaining the openness and permanence of Green Belt land. However, as with any national policy, there is room for improvement as circumstances change. And with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) consultation taking place, now is the time for such improvement. Read More
By Associate Director, James Ellis.
Some of the most valued heritage in our rural British towns, villages and hamlets is the result of small-scale residential development that has taken place in previous centuries. Modest, incremental and organic growth of villages, well-designed and built to last using good-quality materials.
Think, for example, ‘Hovis Hill’ in Shaftesbury or many of the historic groups of village houses seen in TV shows such as Endeavour or Downton Abbey. Would they receive permission if the subject of a planning application in the 21st century? We think they should, but is the answer that simple anymore? Read More
We are pleased to announce the news of a successful planning permission achieved for the conversion of a former carpenter shed to a new residential dwelling at the Halston Hall Estate in Shropshire.