Category Archives: rural-housing

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

INDUSTRY COMMENT – Solving the housing crisis with rural development

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By Willy Browne-Swinburne

Yorkshire Post – 10 New Homes – Ric Blenkharn

After reading this article in the Yorkshire Post recently, all of us at Rural Solutions offer a round of applause to the journalist. At last someone who has identified three important insights covering the desperate need for housing this country has and how rural settlements of all sizes could contribute.  Read More

INDUSTRY COMMENT – Government intervention where no local plan is in place

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By James Podesta – Head of Planning

Gavin Barwell, Minister of State for Housing and Planning, has stated that it is ‘unlikely’ the Government will step in to enforce its ‘early 2017’ deadline for local plan production, until a revised version of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is in place (expected in summer).  No action is likely to be taken until the Government’s consultation on standardising the methodology for assessing housing need has been published alongside the revised NPPF.

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Small Rural Housing Site Receives Planning Approval

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This site is precisely the site the White Paper (Fixing Our Broken Housing Market) is crying out for – a small residential site ideal for a small housing developer and providing further opportunity for the community to thrive by provision of much needed housing.

Our client did not have an appreciation of the potential value of the land until Rural Solutions were introduced by their enlightened agents, Weldon Beesley. The Council does not have a deliverable five year land supply and so with solid proof on sustainable development they had no choice but to approve the application at a site located outside current adopted development limits.

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.

Estate Owners Building New Towns on their Land – At their Own Expense

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‘Refreshing article from the Telegraph and the brilliant Eleanor Doughty. The government and local authorities are missing a huge opportunity in the rural sector. Landed Estates have land to offer and the will to contribute to the long term sustainability of the rural economy. They can deliver uncomplicated development opportunities in the short term whilst responsibly providing housing that will ultimately bring vitality and prosperity in the long term. Jam today and jam tomorrow. For great examples of similar projects, big and small which show the contribution our clients are making to rural housing see the Case Studies page on our website here.’

Willy Browne-Swinburne, Associate Director

For the full Telegraph article click Telegraph.

Outline consent for 20 dwellings granted next to Leeds and Liverpool Canal

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Outline planning consent has been granted this week by Craven District Council for 20 new dwellings on abandoned pasture land on the edge of Skipton.

The development of the site will provide new housing, including a proportion of affordable dwellings (40%), will represent a sustainable form of development which will contribute towards the sustainability and future vitality of the market town and will also assist in supporting the local primary school, which is currently undersubscribed.

Extensive consultation took place with the Canals and Rivers Trust prior to submission and two new footpath links will be created out onto the canalside from the new development.  No objections from any of the technical consultees,  including the C&R Trust, highways, landscape, flood or drainage, were received.

Sandwiched in between the Skipton overpass and the canal, this piece of land will now provide a high quality ‘gateway’ to Skipton with much improved visual and landscape enhancements including the introduction of new trees to the front and rear of the site, a new pedestrian access connecting the site to the road, access onto the canal tow path, open space with the site, new stone walls and grassed verges and a new ecological corridor will also be introduced adjacent to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal Conservation Area.

The scheme was recommended for approval by the Planning Officer and passed at Committee.

Yorkshire Dales village to receive new housing

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A hard fought approval was won yesterday afternoon in Clapham on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park with a resubmission for 3 houses which was approved at Craven District Council Planning Committee.  

The scheme had support from the Parish, Councillors, AONB Partnership and local residents who saw the merits of the scheme.

Our client was very pleased to achieve a consent and to be able to bring forward much needed rural homes.