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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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BE INSPIRED – Is Glamping Part of Your Diversification Strategy?

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blog header of two cyclist in front of a wooden glamping camping pod - title 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.

PLANNING NEWS – Replacement dwelling and two further dwellings consented as part of estate masterplan at Thorner

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We are delighted to share news of our latest planning consents for a replacement dwelling and construction of two additional dwellings in Thorner. An extremely complex application with Leeds City Council, taking over a year to obtain consent.

An extremely complex application with Leeds City Council, taking over a year to obtain consent, the site is located within the village boundary and within the Thorner conservation area.
The scheme involves the replacement of an existing dwelling, currently in a very poor state of condition, as well as the addition of two new residential plots.
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PLANNING CASE STUDY – Rural diversification to leisure, Tiplady Farm, Nidderdale AONB

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Rural Solutions achieved planning permission for glamping style huts and the conversion of a former workshop to holiday cottage on the client’s farmland in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Here is the full story of how diversifying into leisure has changed the farm for the better. Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATE – Initial thoughts on the NPPF

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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

INDUSTRY COMMENT – A summary of the staycation market – the opportunity for diversification and leisure development in the countryside

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By Managing Director, William FryStaycation market, leisure diversification, tourism, landowners

Post-Brexit anxiety is said to be creating a surge in UK holidays or ‘staycations’, with 2018 set to be another big year for domestic tourism. Experts say the ‘staycation’ trend is becoming a sustained feature – good news for those looking at rural diversification.

A combination of the World Cup and fantastic weather has given many people reason to stay at home and enjoy everything this country has to offer.
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