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Game, Set, Match for a Tennis Court in Sevenoaks

The Rural Planning Practice were approached by a client who had received an enforcement notice for the unlawful erection of a tennis court on their land. This had been built on land outside of the residential curtilage and therefore did not constitute permitted development. The...

The Provision of Equine Tourism in the UK

The popularity of the horse has continued to grow year on year since the London 2012 Olympics brought equestrian sport in the United Kingdom to a wider audience. The horse is worth £4.3 billion to the UK economy according to a survey undertaken by the...

Conversion of Disused Piggery into Residential Dwelling

We recently achieved planning permission for the conversion of an outbuilding originally used to keep pigs but more recently used for agricultural storage, into a 1 bedroom dwelling within the Metropolitan Green Belt in Sevenoaks. The design retained the simple shape and form of the...

Successful Retrospective Application for a Hen House

Following an enforcement notice, we obtained retrospective permission for a timber chicken house with a hayloft for storage. This quirky and innovative building was modelled on the traditional weatherboarded farmhouse and mirrored the residential dwelling on site. The clients then made further amendments to the hen...

Old Dairy Conversion

On behalf of our client, we have gained permission for an old dairy building to be converted into residential use within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, within the 15km Ashdown Forest exclusion zone. Forming part of an historic farmyard, the building was no...

The RPP’s Recent Appeal Success

Iden Green The Rural Planning Practice successfully appealed a decision in relation to the development of two houses at Iden Green. The Council initially believed that the development would not be appropriate in this sensitive area within the AONB. The RPP were able to argue that the site...

Success in the South Downs

The proposal for twelve holiday lodges within the South Downs National Park at Swanborough Fishing Lakes near Lewes was unanimously approved by the Park Planning Committee on the 15th April. The application required a high level of detail relating to design, visual impact, biodiversity, flooding, contamination,...