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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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New Restaurant and Live Entertainment Venue for Yorkshire Market Town

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Planning permission and listed building consent was recently granted at a Craven District Council Planning Committee for the change of use of a listed building in Skipton High Street to form a bar and restaurant.

The new use, set to attract people from the town and surrounding area, will incorporate a restaurant and drinking establishment which will stage live entertainment on specific days of the week, whilst also retaining a retail element at the front of the premises through the introduction of a gelato and coffee shop intended to serve food and drink during the day. The scheme will also offer a comfortable, ambient outdoor seating area to the rear of the property where customers will have the opportunity to enjoy views over Spring Canal.

Members of the Planning Committee found no conflict with local and national planning policies and agreed that the proposal was well thought out and would bring new life to Skipton’s High Street.

The application was made by the PEEL Entertainment Group who specialise in tailor-making entertainment and have over 20 years’ experience in delivering bespoke packages for world-class brands in the leisure, heritage, cultural and educational sectors.

Yorkshire Dales National Park Issues Article 4 Direction Withdrawing Permitted Development Rights

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Following the Government’s introduction in March 2016 of new permitted development rights to allow light industrial premises to be converted to one or more dwellinghouses without having to seek full planning permission, this right is due to come into force on 1st October this year.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park has expressed concern regarding the potential loss of important business premises without full planning scrutiny.  Concerns have been raised with regard to permanent loss of economic assets, a conflict with economic policy in the newly adopted Local Plan and the need for long-term consistency in the application of Park planning policy.

The Consultation Period is now open and any comments will need to be submitted by 5pm on Monday 27th February 2017.

If you are a landowner in the National Park and you feel that this Consultation is relevant to you, contact Rural Solutions for advice and guidance on your submission.

For further information on Article 4 see the YDNPA website here.

Green light for Thwaites brewery move

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Long established brewery giant and FTSE listed Thwaites anticipated move to Mellor Brook looks set to begin – including relocation of their famous Thwaites Shire horses.

The 210 year old family firm has earmarked land at Sykes Holt which has been granted planning consent for a new craft brewery and visitors centre to replace their Penny Street Blackburn site.

Councillors in Ribble Valley have now delegated authority to the borough’s head of planning to work with Thwaites to finalise arrangements for the relocation after a successful planning application which was very supportive of the application.

The new site will produce Thwaites Original, mild and craft ales.


Visit the Farm Business Innovation Show in Birmingham

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Rural Solutions will be exhibiting and speaking at the Farm Business Innovation Show taking place at Birmingham NEC on Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 November.

The show is free to enter and tickets can be ordered online from the Show website.

The Rural Solutions advisory, business development and planning teams will be at the show and they will be available to talk to you about your diversification ideas.  Willy Browne-Swinburne will also be speaking on Thursday morning about how you decide which diversification idea is the right one for you!

More information about the Show and free tickets can be found here

Rural Solutions runner up in Rural Business Awards

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Rural Solutions attended the dinner and awards ceremony last night for ‘The Rural Business Awards’ in partnership with CLA and are very proud to announce that we are runner up in the ‘2016 Best Rural Professional Services Business’ category.

The Awards co-founder, Jemma Clifford said “Rural Solutions was simply an excellent, successful business.  They demonstrated growth on profits, creation of jobs and associated employment in rural communities, all based on a sound knowledge of the key aspects of rural life.”

Congratulations to all our fellow finalists – it is wonderful to see so many successful rural businesses out there doing great things for the rural economy and raising the profile of the countryside.

3D Printing used to demonstrate Rural Office Scheme

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For a new rural office scheme in Oxfordshire we decided that a 3D printed model would help to physically demonstrate how the design will sit in the landscape and provide a more tactile platform in addition to drawings.

The project will replace the existing redundant agricultural buildings with 10,000 square feet of purpose built space to house small rural businesses.

From a 3D design modelled in SketchUp by the Rural Solutions Architecture Team, the model was then printed at 1:200 scale, took 16 hours to print and gave a fantastic finished product – far superior to anything achieved through card, scissors and glue!

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