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INDUSTRY NEWS – Rural Connectivity Still Undervalued

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The CLA has recently analysed the way in which 50 local authorities use their settlement hierarchy when deciding the locations of new development allocations in a Local Plan.

Such hierarchies work by ranking villages, scoring them against a range of services and amenities, However the research conducted by the CLA has revealed that only 18% of local authorities even consider broadband connectivity when assessing the sustainability of these rural areas. Despite the day-to-day services that internet connectivity can facilitate, such as online shopping and general communication.

Tim Breitmeyer, the President of the CLA, stated “Updating rural planning policy to include connectivity in sustainability assessments means English villages will not be trapped in analogue when the rest of the world is in the digital age and can access much of the housing they desperately need.”
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INDUSTRY NEWS – Substantial Opportunities to Create New Isolated Homes in the Countryside

By | government-legislation, Housing, NPPF, planning | No Comments

The new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) includes a new clause in paragraph 79 which will provide substantial opportunities to create new isolated homes in the countryside.

The previously entitled paragraph 55 that allowed for new isolated homes in the countryside as well as provision of a dwelling of exceptional design and quality remains intact and is an area of rural planning that Rural Solutions has vast knowledge and experience.

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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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PLANNING NEWS – Arcade Club Planning Consent Secured

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We are delighted to have secured planning consent for an exciting, alternative leisure development in Kirkstall, Leeds.

The application sought a change of use of a Grade II listed building from an A1 retail use to a “sui generis” leisure/entertainment use as a non-gambling arcade club. The development met with unanimous support during the course of the application with a number of local residents writing to Leeds City Council in support of the venture. Read More