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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We’ve been helping Forestry England to rethink how it operates its 13 campsites in the forests of the nation and over the last five months to rebrand and promote the opportunity to prospective operators, from entrepreneurial start-ups to national networks.
The working world has changed a lot over the past two years and the Rural Solutions team has taken that in their stride. To keep moving forward and to provide a space that supports our hybrid work model, our Skipton office has undergone an exciting refurbishment project, undertaken by local contractors who have done a fantastic job.
At our recent whole team meeting we were delighted to announce some well-deserved promotions:
Dawn Mercer to Associate Director, Emily Leader to Senior Consultant, Selby Stocks to Associate Director, Sandy Fishpool to Associate Director and Jessie Mitchell to Project Coordinator.
Forestry England have announced that they have acquired 13 Camping in the Forest campsites. It is hoped that in addition to supporting the organisation’s sustainable management of the nation’s forests, the move will encourage an enhanced customer offer at these sites which may include experience-based activity packages linked to nature, wildlife and recreation, and offer more choice for the types of camping accommodation available.
Yesterday marked the ten-year milestone of Shelley Jones joining Rural Solutions!
We are thrilled to announce that Kate Girling has been promoted to Associate Director, Planning.
We are excited to announce a new member to the RSL team this week! Liz Walker has joined the team as Associate Director, Planning.
In March 2020, we held our breath. We had just celebrated ten years of Rural Solutions, our client base was strong, interesting, and diverse, we were on a roll, we wondered then if all our hard work over the previous ten years was about to be lost!
This week we welcomed two new additions to the planning team! Find out a little more about each of them here.
It’s now a little over a week since the Environment Bill was introduced. This includes a requirement for all new planning consents to include a condition requiring a 10% biodiversity net gain. In other words, those building need to demonstrate an uplift in biodiversity on or near the site, enhancing natural habitats to create lasting benefits both for wildlife and for people.
We are delighted to announce our latest member of the Rural Solutions team – Advisory Consultant, Anna Ridewood!
Our client commissioned our planning and architecture services to seek permission for a replacement ‘eco-house’ on a site near Kettlesing, North Yorkshire located in the Nidderdale AONB.
A Paragraph 80e project is much more than an architectural statement. It is a collective solution developed by a mix of experienced planning, architectural and landscape consultants, supported further by ecological, arboriculture and heritage information.
Achieving and evidencing a significant enhancement within the landscape as part of the P80e proposals is one of the hardest challenges and easiest to overlook. Our research has taught us that failing to provide a significant landscape enhancement is one of the most common reasons for a planning refusal.
NPPF PARAGRAPH 80E: SENSITIVITY TO THE DEFINING CHARACTERISTICS OF THE LOCAL AREA – WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
A key requirement of a P80e proposal is to demonstrate the vision is sensitive to the defining characteristics of the local area. So, what are the defining characteristics?
Selecting a site for a potential house is the key starting point when considering undertaking a Paragraph 80e project. Site selection will influence every aspect of the architectural and landscape design process but more importantly, influence the wellbeing of those lucky enough to live in the final home.
At Rural Solutions we are national experts in securing approvals for Paragraph 80e projects with 14 approved schemes to date and a further 12 under development ranging from the initial landscape assessment, to awaiting a planning decision.
The Government have announced that custom and self-build homes are a key way to help deliver the needed 300,000 homes per year.
This week the Government released the findings of an independent review into the scaling up of Self and Custom housebuilding. The review published on Saturday by Richard Bacon MP set out a host of recommendations to boost the supply of self-build homes and tackle the wider housing crisis.
We’ve been helping Forestry England to rethink how it operates...
We are excited to announce our latest member of the...
The working world has changed a lot over the past...
At our recent whole team meeting we were delighted to...
Forestry England have announced that they have acquired 13 Camping...
Yesterday marked the ten-year milestone of Shelley Jones joining Rural...
We are thrilled to announce that Kate Girling has been...
We are excited to announce a new member to the...
In March 2020, we held our breath. We had just...
This week we welcomed two new additions to the planning...