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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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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.

RECRUITMENT – Senior Advisory Consultant

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Senior Consultant

Rural Solutions are an independent, specialist professional services provider to the rural sector. Exclusively rural, we are the only organisation of our kind, wholly focused on development and diversification in the rural environment. With 20 years dedicated practice in the rural sector, we have unrivalled experience in this industry.

Our team is growing fast and we are looking for a senior consultant to join our advisory team. 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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Rural Solutions are recruiting – Marketing Co-ordinator

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We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Marketing Post Graduate to join our multi-disciplinary team based in Skipton, North Yorkshire (BD23).

The right candidate must be able to demonstrate that they have experience of on and off line marketing. Ideally they will be able to identify strategy, roll up their sleeves to deliver their role whilst being able to measure their own success. They will need to understand that this is a national business with support required in key business development regions. The role requires a breadth of experience including excellent copy writing skills, media relations, event management, creation of marketing collateral (print), website management (CMS) and digital marketing.

We are offering an excellent working environment and benefits package for the right candidate with an annual salary of between £20,000-£25,000 depending on experience. This is a permanent, 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 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 candidates key responsibilities will include:-

  • Co-ordination of companywide marketing collateral
  • Event Project Management
  • Copy write and promotional material production
  • Website Administration; website content, press events and customer information
  • Email Communication; co-ordinate and deliver email campaigns
  • Budgeting & Revenue management
  • Create, build and follow company strategy the social networks platforms
  • Create and manage SM/Marketing Database/Newsletter/Corporate Website
  • Monthly measure and report performances against budgets.
  • Collaborate with the internal teams/PR agency/external suppliers.
  • General; being responsive with all marketing requests and helping to build relationships with stakeholders/suppliers and agencies

The ideal candidate should be able to demonstrate:-

  • Key understanding of the importance of brand
  • Ability to work cross-functionally (e.g. Operationally, R & D, Finance, Sales & Procurement)
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong communication and organisational skills
  • Articulate and personable
  • Excellent time management skills

Please apply by way of a covering letter and your CV, stating your salary expectations to Hannah Fell, Office Manager, Rural Solutions, Canalside House, Brewery Lane, Skipton. North Yorkshire, BD23 1DR or via

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