Category Archives: rural-affairs

INDUSTRY COMMENT – Sustainable rural housing affects everyone, even The Archers!

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By Duncan Hartley, Director of Planning

So often we hear the conflicting issues of a planning proposal when proving an application, so it was quite a novelty to hear the Archers getting involved in the debate the other day. If you haven’t heard it – have a listen here. Read More

INDUSTRY NEWS – Permission in Principle (PiP) explained

By | brownfield land, consultancy, government-legislation, planning, rural business, rural economy, rural-affairs, rural-housing | No Comments

The PiP is a new planning consent route which has been introduced in this year which will essentially simplify, speed up and encourage the allocation of brownfield land for housing-led development.  The process has two stages: the consideration of matters of principle for proposed development and the technical detail of the development. Read More

NEWS RELEASE – Whole Estate Plan first is a material gain with Wiston Estate and South Downs National Park Authority

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Wiston estate, Whole Estate Plan, first, produced, South Down National Park AuthorityRural Solutions are delighted to share the news that their work with the Wiston Estate has come to fruition. The ‘Wiston Whole Estate Plan’ put together by Rural Solutions along with estate principal, Richard Goring over the last 12 months, was formally endorsed at the South Downs National Park Authority’s  (SDNPA) Resources and Performance Committee on 20th July 2017.  Read More

NEWS RELEASE – Rural landowners gather to discuss the diversification opportunities despite Brexit at breakfast event, Blenheim Palace

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Maximising on land and property was the subject of our most recent breakfast briefing.

The event, held at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, gathered rural landowners and professionals from across the region and urged them to take control of assets and invest in a broader business base to protect themselves in the current climate amidst Brexit uncertainties.

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INDUSTRY COMMENT – CLA Priorities for General Election

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By James Podesta – Head of Planning

In May the CLA set out what it believes the priorities for the next government should be in the build up to the general election in June. In a very useful summary (CLA Priorities) they set out five priorities that they feel will help to shape the future of the rural economy and its communities. Read More

Comment on Government Response to the Rural Planning Review Call for Evidence

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Along with the publication of the Government’s Planning White Paper earlier this week, their response to last year’s consultation process on rural planning was also published.

In a nutshell, key matters on rural issues include:-

  • Consulting on extension to agricultural permitted development rights
  • Consulting on allowing change of use of agricultural buildings of up to 750sgm (up to 5 new dwellings)
  • Will also be providing new guidance on farm shops (so they are not subject to unduly onerous conditions), polytunnels and on-farm reservoir development
  • Class Q permitted development rights will be increasing – threshold from 450sqm to 465 sqm to bring it in line with permitted development thresholds for agricultural development (assume this may be imminent and aside from the consultation process of bullet point 2).

James Podesta, Acting Head of Planning at Rural Solutions,  commented “Rural Solutions welcomes the publication of the Governments response to the Rural Planning Review Call for Evidence. We are encouraged that they are proposing further consultation on extending the thresholds for agricultural permitted development rights, and also seeking views on amending existing permitted development rights to support more flexibility. We are pleased to see that the Government has committed to make clear in guidance that planning conditions on farm shops should be reasonable and proportionate, and we are also optimistic that further consultation on new agricultural to residential use permitted development will see the threshold for conversion increased up to 750sqm (from 450sqm previously). We are, however, disappointed to note that the Government has not clearly addressed the issue of bringing agricultural buildings and farmyards within the definition of brownfield land, which we consider does not fit the Government’s objective to increase development on brownfield land. Rural Solutions will be responding to the consultation on this matter.”