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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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RURAL SOLUTIONS CLIENT SERVICE NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19: UPDATE

Following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and further to Government advice, we believe it’s critical to do our part to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Our priority at this time is to help safeguard the health and safety of our clients, contacts and team, whilst also ensuring that we can continue to provide you with the best possible service. Here, are some of the steps we are taking to protect everyone in this ever-evolving situation:

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ECOLOGY UPDATE: DON’T MISS ECOLOGY SEASON

Given all that is going on currently, it is unsurprising that clients are concerned about their projects being adversely affected and unfortunately, one major delay that could occur, at the moment, if not addressed, relates to ecology surveys.

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PLANNING NEWS: CONSENT ACHIEVED FOR THREE RESIDENTIAL DWELLINGS IN NIDDERDALE AONB VIA ‘PERMISSION IN PRINCIPLE’ PROCESS

Rural Solutions has secured planning consent for a small residential site in Nidderdale AONB.

The site is for the construction of three houses and is thought to be the first granted full consent by Harrogate Borough Council using the ‘permission in principle’ process, introduced by the Government for certain categories of development including small residential sites in 2018. The quicker process allows for land to be granted ‘permission in principle’ without going through the full planning application process, making it easier and a more attractive possibility to deliver small areas of land that can contribute to the housing land supply plan.

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A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO INVEST IN THE BURGEONING RURAL WELLNESS MARKET

A new health and wellness spa development in the Hampshire countryside is looking for an investor to realise its potential. Set in former dairy buildings on a 1500-acre farm in the affluent area surrounding Greywell, the proposed members’ club has full approval for a range of facilities including indoor and outdoor pools, fitness studios, vitality bar and co-working space. Surrounded by beautiful open countryside, close to a network of running and cycle paths and transport links, the site is well placed to capitalise on the growing demand for wellbeing tourism. The owners, Frank Butler Farms Ltd, are seeking investors or co-investors to build and run the facility.

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INDUSTRY COMMENT: A RURAL VIEW OF ROBERT JENRICK’S ‘PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE’ REPORT

In this month’s budget the Chancellor indicated that Robert Jenrick, Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government would be announcing ‘major reforms to simplify the planning system’. Some measures have been announced in the ‘Planning For the Future’ Paper that are predominantly ‘urban centric’ but recent changes that are of interest to our rural clients are listed below.

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INDUSTRY COMMENT: BUDGET PERSPECTIVE 2020

A budget understandably dominated by Coronavirus showed the ’One Nation’ ethos of the Johnson regime. Huge commitment to the NHS, support of small business, pension protection and sick pay meant that much of the rumoured changes to the rural economy (IHT reform, Diesel etc.) did not come to light.

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PLANNING NEWS: IT’S TIME TO THINK DIFFERENTLY ABOUT RURAL HOUSING

Contrary to what is often thought about the limitations of rural planning policy, Rural Solutions offers an alternative perspective. Our planners suggest that there are several ongoing changes to the way the planning system deals with rural housing issues, which affords rural estates a great opportunity in contributing to solving the housing crisis affecting many areas of the countryside.

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