Category Archives: planning

INDUSTRY NEWS – Substantial Opportunities to Create New Isolated Homes in the Countryside

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The new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) includes a new clause in paragraph 79 which will provide substantial opportunities to create new isolated homes in the countryside.

The previously entitled paragraph 55 that allowed for new isolated homes in the countryside as well as provision of a dwelling of exceptional design and quality remains intact and is an area of rural planning that Rural Solutions has vast knowledge and experience.

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PLANNING NEWS – Arcade Club Planning Consent Secured

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We are delighted to have secured planning consent for an exciting, alternative leisure development in Kirkstall, Leeds.

The application sought a change of use of a Grade II listed building from an A1 retail use to a “sui generis” leisure/entertainment use as a non-gambling arcade club. The development met with unanimous support during the course of the application with a number of local residents writing to Leeds City Council in support of the venture. Read More

INDUSTRY COMMENT – Over 2,000 English villages abandoned for affordable housing

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According to new research by the CLA, of 70 Local Plans from rural local authorities, 2,154 villages across England have been deemed unsustainable. This means that housing allocation, which includes the delivery of affordable homes, within these rural communities is either highly restricted or not permitted at all; further intensifying the rural housing crisis.

Topping the list was Cornwall with 213 areas deemed unsustainable, followed by Wiltshire (168) and Central Lincolnshire (132).

Speaking on the matter James Del Mar, Executive Director for Rural Solutions, states: “The rural economy needs to be healthy to ensure the whole UK economy is achieving its full potential. However, with a planning policy which results in the restriction of so many rural houses being built, it is difficult. People who want to live and work in rural areas cannot for want of housing. Read More

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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Rural Solutions - Exceptional New Country Houses And Replacement Houses

PLANNING EXPERTISE PORTFOLIO – Exceptional Para 79 New Country Houses and Replacement Houses

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Rural Solutions - Exceptional Country Houses Planning Portfolio

Rural Solutions – Exceptional Country Houses Planning Portfolio


Rural Solutions has developed a particular national expertise in the delivery of truly outstanding, exceptional and innovative new and replacement country houses (Para 79s).

We have achieved more approvals in recent years under the relevant and tough provisions of the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF paragraph 79) than any other planning practice.

Click Here to view our Exceptional Country Houses Planning Portfolio

We provide the most up to date expertise in delivering permissions for new country houses.

To find out how we can help you achieve your Para 79 in a sensitive rural area, contact Rural Solutions on 01756 797501 or to discuss your needs.



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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Industry Update: The Aylesbury Vale Plan Has Been Deemed Unsound

By | local planning authority, planning, rural economy, rural estates, Uncategorised | No Comments

A panoramic view of Aylesbury ValeA recent planning examination of the Aylesbury Vale local plan has concluding in a warning that “further work” is necessary in order for the document to gain approval. The inspector has recommended that the housing target should increase by approximately 15 per cent.

An initial version of the plan was also rejected in 2014, despite the council having received support from the Government. Following the recent rejection, the planning inspector in question now urges the council to work collaboratively will him in order to perfect the next version.


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BE INSPIRED – Is Glamping Part of Your Diversification Strategy?

By | advisory, Be Inspired, consultancy, ecology, estate owners, Glamping, land owners, local planning authority, Marketing, New Business, planning, rural business, rural diversification, rural economy, rural estates | No Comments

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.