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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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.
Commissioning clients, Architects, Landscape Architects and Planners should focus on the beauty and aesthetics of development whilst still delivering facility.
Mandating a Biodiversity Net Gain in all development is not only a positive environmental initiative, it should mean that landowners are well placed to enjoy financial rewards as well
We are excited to announce the latest appointment to our growing Landscape Architecture team, Chloe Temple. Chloe is a relatively recent graduate who’s first experience of the working world has been at AECOM. Chloe has a specific interest in rural
Professor Dieter Helm – Oxford professor, chair of the Natural Capital Committee and one of the most influential voices in the debate on agriculture’s post-Brexit future – presented at the CLA London branch event earlier this month.
INDUSTRY COMMENT: THE RELAUNCH OF THE ENVIRONMENT BILL – WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR LANDOWNERS? by SARAH WOODS
The relaunching of the Government’s Environment Bill is greatly encouraging on a number of levels for the rural sector.
The beginning of a new year typically brings about a flurry of action-planning as many of us set ourselves new goals; one being to embrace a healthier lifestyle. There is real growth in the numbers of people adopting exercise as part of their everyday life, from across the demographics.
The results of our annual colleague sentiment survey have been compiled and we are delighted to share some top line results with you.
Rural Solutions landscape architecture design achieves planning consent for a Paragraph 79 dwelling at Ampleforth in collaboration with the Ethical Partnership and Sadler Brown Architects
Exciting progress is being made at the Autarkic House in Devon. This Paragraph 79 project that our planning team achieved consent for back in August 2019 is now well underway.
The Rural Solutions design team achieve consent for their first Paragraph 79 project, to be constructed in the North Yorkshire hamlet of Thorlby. Combining input from across our planning, architecture and landscape architecture teams, the proposal was put forward for
We are pleased to announce the appointment of two new members of our planning team this month. Welcome to Jessie, our new Planning Administrator and New Senior Planner, Andrew Morrison. Jessie joins us from a local firm in nearby Lancashire
The 1st September 2020 saw the introduction of new planning...
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The national and planning press has been awash with articles...
The "Planning for the Future" White Paper published earlier this...
EASING OF PLANNING RESTRICTIONS FOR CARAVAN AND HOLIDAY PARK OPERATORS AMONG COVID-19 RECOVERY PLANSOn July 14th, Rt Hon. Robert Jenrick, the Secretary of...
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In a letter to the Government’s Chief Planner Michael Bingham...
Following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Rural Solutions has so far,...
Executive Director Rob Hindle presented to over 450 people on...
INDUSTRY INSIGHT: THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNICATING IN A CRISIS – A GUEST BLOG FROM JANE CRAIGIE MARKETINGIn these challenging times, we recognise the importance of maintaining...