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NEWS & INSIGHTS

As pioneers in the industry we are often in the news; here we list various things that may interest you – Industry Comments are topical items of relevance to many of our clients, In The News includes generic news releases that are similarly topical and interesting.

Be Inspired is our thinking intended to help thought leaders and those embarking on the rural development and diversification journey. Other news items include things that our clients and we are proud of and share them with you to help, interest and sometimes amuse.

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KATE GIRLING BECOMES THE NEW CHAIR OF WOMEN IN PROPERTY FOR YORKSHIRE AND THE NORTH EAST

We are delighted to congratulate Kate Girling, Senior Planner here at Rural Solutions Ltd, on her new role as the 2021/22 Chair of Women in Property for the Yorkshire and the North East region.

Kate will hold the position for a full year from the 1st March 2021 and is excited to be taking an active role within Women in Property, an organisation that seeks to support, mentor and increase opportunities for women in the property and construction industries.

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TEAMING UP TO OFFER REWILDING AND REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE CONSULTANCY BY IVAN DE KLEE, KNEPP ESTATE AND DOMINIC BUSCALL, WILD KEN HILL

We are excited to offer a new consultancy service for our client on rewilding and regenerative agriculture with two of the UK’s leading practitioners.

At Rural Solutions we are passionate about the British countryside and the opportunities it provides, and increasingly we have seen that many of our clients share this passion and increased focus on nature, and nature recovery.

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A SNEAK PEEK OF THE LATEST WORKS OF ANDY GOLDSWORTHY

Here at Rural Solutions, we are lucky enough to be working on an incredibly exciting project with the internationally acclaimed sculptor, Andy Goldsworthy. More information on the project itself will follow when we are able, but for now, we wanted to share with you some of Andy’s unique and fantastic creations.

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THE GROWING POPULARITY OF TREEHOUSES

As the pandemic continues and we find ourselves spending more time at home, many of us are looking to maximise the space available within our homes and looking to create new ancillary living spaces. Treehouses offer a unique opportunity to gain additional living, office, holiday or play space.

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RURAL SOLUTIONS ARE HIRING: BUSINESS CONSULTANT – RURAL DEVELOPMENT & ENTERPRISE

Rural Solutions are seeking experienced business and development consultants to join the Advisory team to work with land and business owners to develop strategies and deliver projects which create opportunities for people to live, work and enjoy rural areas. The role will involve being part of a team delivering consultancy projects for clients seeking advice to make the best use of their land and property assets.

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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.

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RURAL HOUSING – ALL CHANGE

Housing is always a hot topic – and never more so than in the countryside. The Covid-19 pandemic has set several plates spinning – both in terms of policy reform and shifts in the rural property market. Last week, rural housing was again in the headlines as the government’s proposed algorithm for determining development levels seemed to place disproportionate growth demands on areas such as the Lake District and North Yorkshire leading to widespread criticism from rural commentators.

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PROTECTION AND PROGRESS: STRIKING THE RIGHT BALANCE IN THE COUNTRYSIDE by SALLY ORMISTON

On Monday, the Prime Minster joined 65 world leaders at a UN event to commit to reversing nature loss. Mr Johnson pledged that new measures would protect at least 30 per cent of UK land for nature by 2030, up from 26 per cent. This is likely to include the creation of a new National Park or new Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs), to award new protection to around 400,000 hectares of countryside.

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INDUSTRY COMMENT: NEW PLANNING OPPORTUNITIES

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.

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WHAT NEXT FOR RURAL PLANNING? by JOANNE HALTON

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.

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PLANNING FOR ECONOMIC RECOVERY

In a letter to the Government’s Chief Planner Michael Bingham OBE Rural Solutions has today called for a Ministerial Statement to draw planning decision makers’ attention to the NPPFs requirement that significant weight should be placed on the need to support economic growth and productivity, taking into account the current and future business needs and wider opportunities for development and that decision makers should be pay special attention towards supporting economic growth at a time when this need is urgent and pressing.

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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.

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