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DESIGNER PROFILE – Get to know our new design team member, Sandy Fishpool.

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Architect Sandy is the latest addition to the Design Team have joined us just this month. Her architectural career has been in both rural and urban practice in Cumbria and Yorkshire.

She has been very lucky to work on a broad variety of work, in particular Residential, Heritage, Education and Commercial projects.

Following a period working as an Associate Director for a firm in Cumbria, she set up her own practice in Skipton and has been running a private practice until her recent move to Rural Solutions.

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INDUSTRY NEWS – Changes to the Standard Method for Assessing Local Housing Need

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The publication of new household projections by the Office for National Statistics has led to a significant reduction in the overall numbers generated by the standard method for assessing local housing need.

As a result, the government has published a technical consultation document setting out proposals to update Planning Practice Guidance to be consistent with its stated aims of ‘significantly boosting’ housing supply and achieving a national target of 300,000 new homes per annum.

The consultation also proposes clarifications of national planning policy on; housing land supply; the definition of ‘deliverable’, and when the presumption can be applied in relation to appropriate assessment.

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BE INSPIRED: Beyond the Traditional Farm Shop

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two hands exchanging fruit at a farm shop farmers market with title of blog beyong the traditional farm shopThe Farm Shop is by no means a new concept, it’s been a great way for farmers to drive revenue for many years.

However, with the growing farm-to-table movement and the increased demand for food providence, farm shops have increasingly become a successful form of diversification for farmers nationwide. With an estimated 4,000 farm shops in the UK and a combined annual turnover of approximately £1.5bn, it is now a very significant market.

However, while offering your produce for sale is popular, unless you have plenty of passing traffic it is necessary to think more imaginatively to sustain the operation and drive the customer numbers. It’s important to make visiting your farm as enticing as possible, thinking about providing additional experiences and activities, based on your location and available resources.

Here are some of the most popular farm shop experiences across the UK, who stand as strong examples of what can be done to enhance the experience and offer, and ways in which you can expand further as an aspiring rural entrepreneur:

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Industry Update: The Aylesbury Vale Plan Has Been Deemed Unsound

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A panoramic view of Aylesbury ValeA recent planning examination of the Aylesbury Vale local plan has concluding in a warning that “further work” is necessary in order for the document to gain approval. The inspector has recommended that the housing target should increase by approximately 15 per cent.

An initial version of the plan was also rejected in 2014, despite the council having received support from the Government. Following the recent rejection, the planning inspector in question now urges the council to work collaboratively will him in order to perfect the next version.


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INDUSTRY UPDATE: New Pre-Commencement Planning Conditions: What You Need to Know

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Planning conditions exist to support development which would otherwise be unacceptable in planning terms to proceed. They are a significant way of ensuring regulation and are therefore a useful tool for Local Planning Authorities (LPA’s) to control development.

design blueprint next to power tools on a table looking at pre-commencement planning conditionsThere are, however, disadvantages, which often see developers laden with multiple conditions to be discharged prior to gaining permission to even commence their development; it can be an expensive and time-consuming exercise while challenging house builders to try and reach completion prior to planning permission running out.

In order to ease the strain on LPA’s and developers alike and to reduce the delay between planning permission being granted and the commencement of work on the site, the Government has introduced the new regulations regarding pre-commencement conditions.

From the beginning of this month there are new regulations regarding pre-commencement conditions. The changes now mean that:

  • LPA’s must get written agreement between the applicant (and Rural Solutions acting as your planning agent) and themselves to attach pre-commencement conditions to a full planning permission.
  • The time limit for comments back to the LPA with regard their ask on agreeing pre-commencement conditions is 10 working days.

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EVENT: We Will be Exhibiting at the Farm Business Innovation Show 2018

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Banner for Rural Solutions Exhibiting at The farm business innovation show 2018 in Birmingham

We are delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting at the Farm Business Innovation Show 2018.

Rural Solutions will once again be exhibiting at the Farm Business Innovation Show. We will be bringing you our unique expertise and experience in all things diversification related. A perfect opportunity to discuss and gain guidance on how to maximise your assets and take control of your future. We will also be hosting two inspiring seminars at which our directors, Rob Hindle & Willy Browne-Swinburne, will be speaking.
This event is the nation’s largest dedicated to providing rural entrepreneurs and landowners with the tools needed to diversify their land and assets in order to increase their income.

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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 COMMENT – New ‘Permission in Principle’ route for smaller residential developments due to launch 1st June 2018

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residential development, permission in principle, rural development, planning newsBy James Podesta – Head of Planning

Following the launch of ‘Permission in Principle’ (PIP) via the Brownfield Register in 2017, from 1st June this year, there will now be an additional route launched for obtaining planning permission via an application for PIP followed by an application for technical details consent (TDC) for ‘minor developments’. Read More