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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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.
Here is our recent message to the rural community via Country Life Magazine.
Our charity partner, the Country Trust are a small but dynamic, national education charity dedicated to bringing the working countryside to life for the children least able to access it in their everyday lives.
We are delighted to have secured planning consent at appeal for a new country house in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
In my last communication on COVID-19 and its implications for Planning services (10-point action plan for National and Local Government), I referenced the emerging Coronavirus Bill. The Bill is now an Act and one of its outcomes is to empower the Secretary of State to make regulations to facilitate virtual committee meetings and council decision making.
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:
PLANNING NEWS: AN OPEN LETTER TO MINISTRY OF COMMUNITIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT DURING COVID-19 OUTBREAK
Rural Solutions proposes 10 point plan to Ministry of Communities and Local Government during COVID-19 outbreak offering guidance to improve services now and in the aftermath.
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.
Aside from COVID 19, climate change is a top priority in Government and in the hearts and souls of many of us. Undoubtedly, we all need to start reducing our emissions to preserve the planet for future generations.
We are currently monitoring any changes to policy and Government guidance as a result of COVID-19, that may affect our clients and their rural businesses. Here, are some of the latest updates we are keen to advise you of.
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.
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.
Our Associate Director and the principal of the Capheaton Estate in Northumberland, Willy Browne-Swinburne, offers some positive reflections at this extraordinary time.
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.
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.
We are delighted to congratulate Kate Girling, Senior Planner here...
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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...
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