RURAL SOLUTIONS SERVICE LEVEL UPDATE FOR MAY
Following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Rural Solutions has so far, albeit with some changes to our abilities to hold site visits, maintained ‘business as usual’; through our team working from home and holding all communications through digital channels. For full details of this please refer to our earlier service level update that we issued in March at the beginning of lockdown.
We are now in the fifth week of lockdown and whilst many of our projects continue and new projects get going, we have experienced a falloff in work associated with sectors forced to close by Government restrictions.
Consequently, we have decided to engage with the Government Job Retention Scheme for a small number of the team, for a short period. This means that as of 1st May we will have a reduced team and some of our colleagues will be unavailable. If your Rural Solutions contact on an ongoing project is affected, you will be informed of this personally and all colleagues on a temporary leave of absence (furlough) will relay this message on their automatic email responses.
Rural Solutions remains fully operational and colleagues will be available to speak to throughout normal working hours (Mon-Fri 9-5pm).
While the situation remains uncertain, we take comfort in the fact that we have an outstanding team and a supportive and loyal community of clients.
We will continue to update our website and social media platforms with any updates to our working practices arising from the Coronavirus pandemic over the coming weeks and months.
Thank you and stay safe.
The 1st September 2020 saw the introduction of new planning legislation which sees major changes to the system of use classes, particularly those that relate to town centre uses targeted at helping the Government achieve its policy objective to rejuvenate, and safeguard the viability and vitality of our High Streets.
We are very excited to share the news of being awarded a High Commendation at this years Planning Awards for The Autarkic House in the award for use of new technology in the planning category.
The national and planning press has been awash with articles and comments on the new government Planning White Paper for consultation.
Less focus has been on a new range of permitted development rights introduced in July 2020, which may provide many opportunities for the many rural landowners which Rural Solutions advises on a day to day basis.
The “Planning for the Future” White Paper published earlier this month represents potentially the most significant change in the planning system for decades. Whilst previous changes have sought to shift the emphasis to a more enabling and less bureaucratic approach whilst maintaining the fundamental principles of Local Plans, the White Paper acknowledges that this has repeatedly failed. Half of local planning authorities are still without an up to date Local Plan, despite previous planning reforms which have directly sought to address this.