Category Archives: rural business

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

Planning Consent Granted to Expand Children’s Nursery

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Rural Solutions have secured planning permission for a new purpose built day nursery that will allow the client to increase the number of children from 80 to 150.  The age ranges from baby to 14 years of age.

The wish to expand is driven by the need to accommodate the increase in free hours of childcare for 3-4 year olds, which the Government are introducing from September 2017.

Rural Solutions undertook initial pre-application discussions with Selby Council on a separate parcel of land to the north of the village. Feedback from the Council was not particularly favourable so Rural Solutions recommended redeveloping the site of the existing day nursery.

The site was located outside the village settlement boundary to the rear of the client’s residential property in the open countryside. The proposed development was not insignificant in size with the building being approximately 990 square metres in area. A single-storey approach was therefore taken to minimise the impact and playfully-designed timber cladding helps to provide an appropriate and sensitive feel to the building.

Prior to the submission of the application the importance of attaining local support was stressed to the client who was very proactive in generating local support from the Parish Council, local residents and head teachers at nearby primary schools. The application saw more than a dozen letters of support and no letters of objection. As more than 10 letters of support were received it meant that the application could only be heard at Planning Committee should the officer choose to recommend refusal of the application.

Rural Solutions kept in regular contact with the Case Officer discussing and answering any queries throughout the application and addressing any initial concerns. As such the Case Officer was confident to support the planning application and a decision was subsequently issued under delegated powers.


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