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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

Tough Mudder – Team ‘We are Rural!’ Success

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This weekend Broughton Hall in North Yorkshire held the annual Tough Mudder event. Team WAR (We are Rural!) have been counting down and training hard, including many lunchtime sessions, since signing up in a moment of madness 6 months ago and the day finally came to pass this Saturday!

We are delighted to report that Team ‘We are Rural!’ absolutely smashed the course and were triumphantly handed their finishers t-shirts and headbands after they passed through obstacles such as Artic Enema, Kiss of Mud, King of the Swingers, Everest 2.0 and finally (as if the other 27 weren’t enough) Electroshock Therapy! The teamwork on display was immense and no man or woman was left behind! The Rural Solutions guys and girls deserve huge congratulations for their very impressive efforts in completing the 11 mile, 28 obstacle course in just over 4 hours! They were an absolute testament to what teamwork is all about!!

Well done Team WAR!


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Rural Solutions will be exhibiting at the Farm Business Innovation Show at the Birmingham NEC on 9 and 10 November – the leading diversification and innovation event for farmers and landowners. Come and visit our stand and click on the link above for your free entrance tickets!

Rural Solutions nominated for national planning award

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planningawardsRural Solutions have been nominated for a national award by industry journal Planning magazine.  The Company will find out in November if they have won the category of ‘Planning Consultancy of the Year’ which will round off a strong year of growth and development.

In addition to involvement in many national projects including affordable housing schemes, leisure, tourism and retail, rural housing and offices, new country houses, renewable energy and community projects, the planning team has also grown considerably in the last year with three new planners joining the firm over the Summer.  Kate Girling, an experienced chartered town planner, who joined from Leeds planners Indigo, Lisa Allison who is also a chartered town planner previously with Walton & Co planning lawyers and Kike Odekunle who is a planner with strong experience in the renewables and leisure sectors.

Rural Solutions Managing Director William Fry said “This nomination is testament to the fantastic planning team we have at Rural Solutions and their dedication and commitment to aiding our clients with their planning projects while ensuring that we enhance the landscape and bring vitality to the communities we work with.  The planning regime in England is constantly shifting which can make it a challenging field to work in but our team relish the opportunities and it is superb for our achievements to be recognised on a national level”.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Royal Society of Medicine in London on Tuesday 17th November.  Wish us luck!

The start of a long and happy retirement for Bill

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Bill Haigh, a structural engineer who has worked with Rural Solutions for 15 years, retired last week and Gail and Malcolm from Rural Solutions joined many of Bill’s former clients and friends for a retirement party at his home in the Yorkshire Dales.

After trying (and failing!) to retire for the last few years, Bill is now looking forward to spending time enjoying playing music in a local band and having more time to spend with his family.

Rural Solutions would like to wish Bill a very long, happy and healthy retirement and say thank you for all the work he has carried out on our behalf over the years.

Congratulations Bill!


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Osborne announces Rural Productivity Plan to help Rural Communities and Businesses thrive

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Press Release – Rural Productivity Plan


This morning George Osborne the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Liz Truss the Environment Secretary announced a new government initiative to revitalize and boost social vitality and economic growth in Rural Britain.

The Rural Productivity Plan sets out a string of measures to achieve this boost and bring the whole country together in its quest for growth under the ‘One Nation’ banner.

Rob Hindle, Director of Rural Solutions, welcomes the Rural Productivity Plan at all levels but in particular the enthusiasm shown for an increase in the availability of housing in rural areas.  “The framework set in place by the coalition in 2012 under the NPPF was a sound basis for improving the availability of housing in rural England and this announcement takes that a stage further.  However the government needs to persuade planning professionals, particularly in Local Authorities to acknowledge the changes that have been made and move away from outdated PPS1 and PPS7 policy thinking.  Our business exists to deliver growth to rural business and vitality to rural communities and so we will do everything we can to support this initiative and help to ensure that the rural sector plays its part in the overall growth of the UK economy”.

The Key Areas in the Rural Productivity Plan

Planning and Housing 

  • Amending planning rules to allow Starter Homes to be built on Rural Exception Sites for the first time. This will allow local areas to allocate more sites for Starter Homes specifically for people who already live in the area, or have an existing family or employment connection to the area.


  • Working with private sector providers to assess alternative solutions to deliver broadband further into rural areas.
  • Setting a new ambition to provide high speed broadband to businesses in all Enterprise Zones in rural areas.


  • Improving rural transport connections by feeding the views of rural stakeholders into the second Road Investment Strategy for 2020 to 2025.
  • Improving connectivity by providing improved transport connections for businesses and passengers in local areas with fifteen brand new routes on the Regional Air Connectivity funding shortlist.

Education and Children

  • Ensuring fairer funding for rural schools and work with schools and colleges that are currently underperforming or ‘coasting’ to ensure that, where appropriate, they are entering into collaborative arrangements and formal partnerships to raise standards.
  • Encouraging rural Local Authorities and providers to make innovative early expressions of interest to deliver 30 hours of free childcare to working parents.


  • Considering proposals for increased devolution of powers and greater freedoms to maximise economic growth in areas across the country that put in place strong and accountable local governance.

These steps will aim to boost productivity and ensure the countryside becomes an even more attractive place for people to live, work, start a business and bring up a family.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said: “For too long the British economy has been reliant on businesses based in our cities and towns. We want to create a One Nation economy that taps into the potential of all parts of our country. That means setting the right conditions for rural communities and businesses to thrive, investing in education and skills, improving rural infrastructure, and allowing rural villages to thrive and grow.”

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss added: “Our rural areas could be generating billions more for the UK and providing many thousands of new jobs – this plan will make that a reality, unleashing the full potential of our countryside to create a true One Nation economy. We’re connecting the countryside to make it just as simple to run a business from Cornwall as it is in Camden. But it’s not just about transport and technology. Our plan will help us create thriving towns and villages where generations of families can open and expand their businesses, buy a home and educate their children at first class schools.”

To unleash the full potential of rural areas and improve the quality of life for people living in some of the most beautiful parts of the country, the government will deliver:

  • Strong conditions for rural business growth – cutting red tape, including 20,000 farm inspections to be cut this Parliament, and cuts to corporation tax.
  • Better mobile coverage – ensuring 98% indoor coverage for 4G by 2017.
  • Modern transport connections – improving connectivity of rural areas including through the £15 billion Road Investment Strategy and the £38 billion rail investment programme.
  • Access to Enterprise Zones in rural areas – giving 100% business rate discounts on businesses located within them, saving each company up to £275,000 over five years.
  • High-quality education – raising standards through fairer funding and working with underperforming schools.
  • Expanded apprenticeships in rural areas – tripling the number of food and farming apprenticeships from 6,000 to 18,000.
  • Extensive, fast and reliable broadband – making superfast broadband available for 95% of UK premises by 2017 and working with providers to address challenges reaching the final 5%.
  • Improved planning and better regulation for businesses – supporting delivery of Starter Homes on rural exception sites and reviewing the planning constraints affecting rural areas.
  • More devolution of powers – calling on local areas to propose what further powers they would like to see handed to them.
  • Housing for future generations – increasing the availability of housing in rural areas to ensure our villages thrive.

For the full Government paper, click here.

For further information contact Emma Darbyshire, PR & Marketing at Rural Solutions, Canalside House, Brewery Lane, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1DR.  Tel:  01756 797501.


Our Construction Manager graduates with Honours

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Gail Culshaw, Construction Manager at Rural Solutions, graduated from Leeds Beckett University at the end of July with first class honours and was also awarded The CIOB Certificate of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement on the BSc (Hons) Construction Management Course.

After 5 years of hard work and unswerving dedication, we would like to congratulate Gail on a fantastic achievement.  Well done from all your colleagues at Rural Solutions!