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Rural Solutions are an independent, specialist consultancy, working with clients all over the UK who want to maximise the potential of land and assets that they own or are responsible for. Exclusively rural, we are the only UK-based professional services company focused entirely on delivering responsible and sustainable rural diversification. No other company in the UK holds the same level of operational rural business data and understands better the consequences of rural diversification on our clients wider asset base, management structure and strategic planning requirements.


We are currently seeking an Associate Director to join our planning team in Oxfordshire. We have a range of interesting and diverse rural development projects in this area and a growing pipeline of work across a variety of sectors and primarily within sensitive landscape and heritage settings. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who wishes to be part of a growing team in a role with real autonomy where you can play an important part in shaping the growth of the team. An interest in landscape, heritage and design issued is important and an understanding of general planning principles and planning law is essential. The successful candidate will be RTPI qualified and will have considerable experience in the private or public sector. A focus on client care and project delivery is essential in addition to a flare for business development.

Candidates should hold a current UK driving licence as travel will be required. A competitive salary and benefits awaits the right candidate.

To apply for this position please e-mail your CV and supporting statement to, or for an informal chat about this opportunity contact Joanne Halton on 01756 797501.


Our Advisory team has big plans for 2020 and beyond, and we are looking for experienced business consultants to join our growing team.  It is an exciting time for the rural sector with our client base taking an ever more enterprising and entrepreneurial approach to managing their land and assets to create and grow businesses in the countryside. By taking a research and evidence led approach, we help our clients to plan, develop, establish, operate and grow rural businesses across a number of sectors including leisure, tourism, agriculture, food and drink, natural capital, renewable energy, offices and other commercial premises.

If you have business consultancy experience, a drive for great client service and a passion for the countryside then talk to us at An established network of relevant contacts and clients would be advantageous.

We are a flexible employer with offices in Milton, Oxfordshire and Skipton, North Yorkshire.

I’ve been working in the Planning Team at Rural Solutions for over eight years, starting as an Associate Planner and progressing to become an Associate Director.

Working in our Planning Team gives me the opportunity to work across a really broad range of projects ranging from stunning eco-houses to sensitive residential developments to great diversification projects.

The projects we work on are almost always unique and not ‘one size fits all’ so, as a Planner, there is a real opportunity to apply creativity and shape projects in a way that might not be possible elsewhere.

As we have a multi-disciplinary team, it is stimulating to work with designers and business specialists and see other perspectives, at the same time as working with external architects and professionals.
Since starting with Rural Solutions 15 months ago I have had the great pleasure of working on a diverse range of projects in some of the most beautiful rural places the country has to offer. The variety of our work is fantastically testing and I feel honoured to be advancing my career amongst such a friendly and experienced team. I very much look forward to being a part of the company as it continues to thrive and grow.


Due to our expanding workload Rural Solutions are looking to recruit a talented and enthusiastic Assistant Landscape Architect to join our busy Skipton Office. We cover a diverse range of projects across the UK for a range of clients, with many sites located within challenging and sensitive environments. Projects range from landscape masterplans to support new exemplar country houses, the design and delivery of mixed-use development extensions, leisure facilities, historic landscapes and day visitor attractions. You will be working as part of interdisciplinary team of rural specialists including advisory consultants, planners, architects and ecologists. You will be responsible for the day-to-day production of a range of outputs from hand sketching through to detailed drawings and report production. Candidates may be working towards Pathway to Chartership, therefore you will gain valuable experience from a wide range of aspects including; project management, report writing, design and construction detailing, site surveys and landscape and visual assessments.

Minimum Requirements
To be successful in the role we are looking for candidates with the following;
• Landscape design skills;
• Drawing and report preparation;
• Excellent working knowledge of AutoCAD and Adobe Creative suite;
• Good verbal and written communication skills; and
• Previous work experience within a landscape consultancy.

Desirable but not essential experience:
• Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment/ EIA;
• Masterplanning;
• Detailed Design; and
• 3D graphics.

Preferred Qualifications
Degree or Graduate Diploma and/ or Masters in Landscape Architecture accredited by the Landscape Institute or equivalent.

To apply please forward your CV together with a brief portfolio of no more than 5MB to