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INDUSTRY COMMENT – The value of smaller scale developments in new, draft NPPF

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rural development, villlage landscpae, rural solutions, smaller scale residential developments, NPPFBy 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

INDUSTRY NEWS – English National Parks can benefit from a new grant

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rural development, class q, NPPF, permitted development rights, residential development, agricultural buildings, residentdial development, rural diversficationThe ‘Historic Building Restoration Grant’ is being piloted in the Dartmoor, Lake District, Northumberland, Peak District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks with £2 million of funding available.

The aim of the scheme is to help save the iconic historic farm buildings in the English National Parks from falling out of use. Owners of these buildings can now apply for a grant offering 80% towards the cost of restorations that would allow the building can be used again for farming purposes.

The scheme is open until 31st January 2019. A manual has been published providing full details and information needed to apply for the Historic Building Restoration Grant and outlines the additional requirements and processes which must be followed.

The ‘manual‘ outlines what buildings are eligible but generally speaking eligible buildings must be of historic significance, built using traditional materials and methods, and must be evident on an OS map dated on or before 1940.

Any work carried out to Listed Buildings may require Listed Building Consent and/or Planning Permission. If you are within one of these National Parks and would like to investigate further please contact our planning team today.

Read more about the scheme here.

INDUSTRY COMMENT – Opportunities for Paragraph 55 New Country Houses is maintained in revised NPPF but is renamed Paragraph 81

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Para 55, para55, paragraph 55, paragraph55, NPPF, Spiral House, Blackdown Hills AONBBy Associate Director, James Ellis

As part of our recent review of the changes within the consultation draft of the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) we examined with interest the policy on New Country Houses.  Read More

INDUSTRY COMMENT – Changes to permitted development rights will mean more rural housing opportunities

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Shelley Coffey, Senio Planner, planning consultant, associate director, planning, permitted development rights, class q, agricultural buildingsBy Associate Director, Shelley Coffey

Associate director and member of the planning team, Shelley provides an update on the latest changes to permitted development rights due to come into effect in April 2018.

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INDUSTRY COMMENT – A rural overview of the revised draft NPPF

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senior planner, kate girling, revised draft nppf, rural housing, rural planning, rural developmentBy Senior Planner, Kate Girling

The revised draft changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) published on Monday are being driven by the urgent requirement to deliver more housing in England.  The changes to the document have been long awaited following publication of the Government Housing White Paper in February 2017.

What does this mean for our rural clients? Here, the key changes that are likely to affect the opportunities for planning in the rural environment are highlighted. Read More