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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
EASING OF PLANNING RESTRICTIONS FOR CARAVAN AND HOLIDAY PARK OPERATORS AMONG COVID-19 RECOVERY PLANS
On July 14th, Rt Hon. Robert Jenrick, the Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government issued a Written Ministerial Statement advising that it was easing restrictions on the seasonal opening of holiday parks in England in order to aid the sector’s recovery from the impacts of closures from Covid-19.
We hope that many of you will have found and enjoyed some of the webinars from the Transforming the Future of Land Management series being run by the Land Management 2.0 team over the last few weeks. There are more to come and you can listen to and view all the presentations to date
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.
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.
Executive Director Rob Hindle presented to over 450 people on Thursday 30th April as part of the Transforming for the Future of Land Management webinar series.
INDUSTRY INSIGHT: THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNICATING IN A CRISIS – A GUEST BLOG FROM JANE CRAIGIE MARKETING
In these challenging times, we recognise the importance of maintaining a consistent presence to clients and within the rural community, adapting and responding appropriately through marketing channels to reinforce brand and even use this opportunity to amplify profiles online. We have, therefore, invited our PR and marketing agency, Jane Craigie Marketing, to provide some valuable advice for our clients to consider while we are in lockdown.
The Autarkic House – Europe’s first off-grid solar-hydrogen powered home has been shortlisted at the Planning Awards for use of technology, with the winners to be announced in September.
ADVISORY NEWS: TRANSFORMING THE FUTURE OF LAND MANAGEMENT AND GETTING READY FOR ELMS WITH WHOLE ESTATE PLANNING
Executive Director Rob Hindle is taking part in a webinar series, hosted by The Land App and The Duchy of Cornwall on Thursday, 30th April, setting out how landowners can best prepare for the new approach from Government to pay for environmental outcomes as public goods through the Environmental Land Management Schemes (ELMS).
INDUSTRY COMMENT: TOP THREE REASONS TO CELEBRATE WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS FOR THE COUNTRYSIDE BY ROB HINDLE
People and businesses across the countryside are working flat out to keep the nation fed, to protect jobs, and support their communities. Both personally, and as a rural consultant, I appreciate and applaud their sustained efforts at this incredibly difficult time.
Rural Solutions are seeking experienced business and development consultants to...
INDUSTRY COMMENT: JOANNE HALTON, HEAD OF PLANNING, SUMMARISES OUR CONSULTATION RESPONSE TO THE GOVERNMENT’S PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE WHITE PAPERFollowing dialogue with interested clients from a variety of rural...
PLANNING NEWS: MINISTRY OF HOUSING, COMMUNITIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT (MHCLG) ANNOUNCE A REVIEW OF THE RULES AROUND SELF-BUILDWe are pleased to hear news that the Government plan...
Following the recent announcement that England will be under a...
We are delighted to be able to follow the construction...
Housing is always a hot topic - and never more...
On Monday, the Prime Minster joined 65 world leaders at...
The 1st September 2020 saw the introduction of new planning...
We are very excited to share the news of being...
The national and planning press has been awash with articles...