Our Planning & Development team works on a variety of projects for rural clients, such as new livestock and grain stores, small-scale barn conversions, diversification projects and large-scale developments of land. Our experienced specialists can assist with obtaining planning permission to build new agricultural tied houses and, more commonly in recent years, helping to have the ties removed. Retrospective applications for a change of use to a building or area of land are commonly undertaken by the team. We can advise on a range of elements relating to planning issues, whether that’s landscaping, listed buildings or protected species, and we often help clients to deal with the questions before they are asked, which can result in a reduction in the amount of conditions applied to a granted application.
If necessary, we can challenge conditions or argue against them at appeal. When building a new grain store, for example, we can give practical advice on traffic movements and turning circles. Large-scale development of the countryside is being encouraged by the government, and our specialist strategic land and masterplanning teams can help maximise the potential of a site, whether by helping to agree terms with a promoter or assisting a client to undertake some of the works in promoting a site direct, to achieve a bigger slice of the cake.