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.
INDUSTRY COMMENT: JOANNE HALTON, HEAD OF PLANNING, SUMMARISES OUR CONSULTATION RESPONSE TO THE GOVERNMENT’S PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE WHITE PAPER
Following dialogue with interested clients from a variety of rural sectors, including small house builders and rural land and business owners, we have submitted our consultation response to the Government’s White Paper, Planning for the Future. The consultation seeks to gather the views of communities, landowners, developers and planning practitioners on the current planning system and the structural changes proposed by this Paper.
PLANNING NEWS: MINISTRY OF HOUSING, COMMUNITIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT (MHCLG) ANNOUNCE A REVIEW OF THE RULES AROUND SELF-BUILD
We are pleased to hear news that the Government plan to review the rules around self-build in order to encourage this area of development.
We are delighted to be able to follow the construction of one of our most exciting Para 79 developments. This project has been a long time in the making. Rural Solutions, originally attained planning permission in 2016, however, the site was then sold in 2019 to a new owner who returned to Rural Solutions to make the design a reality, employing our architecture team to co-ordinate the detailed design of the development and project management.