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Have you read our White Paper?

Some might say that ours is an age of uncertainty, but we believe it’s also one of opportunity. Our White Paper, Positive Asset Management in a Changing Rural Economy, presents three key factors that prove the wider economic, environmental and social conditions have never been more suited to the growth of rural businesses through the diversification of land and assets.

By adopting an entrepreneurial attitude to manage their businesses, estate and landowners are more likely to preserve their assets for future generations. The paper details five key principles based on our experience to achieve successful rural diversification.

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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 NEWS – English National Parks can benefit from a new grant

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rural development, class q, NPPF, permitted development rights, residential development, agricultural buildings, residentdial development, rural diversficationThe ‘Historic Building Restoration Grant’ is being piloted in the Dartmoor, Lake District, Northumberland, Peak District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks with £2 million of funding available.

The aim of the scheme is to help save the iconic historic farm buildings in the English National Parks from falling out of use. Owners of these buildings can now apply for a grant offering 80% towards the cost of restorations that would allow the building can be used again for farming purposes.

The scheme is open until 31st January 2019. A manual has been published providing full details and information needed to apply for the Historic Building Restoration Grant and outlines the additional requirements and processes which must be followed.

The ‘manual‘ outlines what buildings are eligible but generally speaking eligible buildings must be of historic significance, built using traditional materials and methods, and must be evident on an OS map dated on or before 1940.

Any work carried out to Listed Buildings may require Listed Building Consent and/or Planning Permission. If you are within one of these National Parks and would like to investigate further please contact our planning team today.

Read more about the scheme here.