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Dealing with Planning in the Ashdown Forest

Wealden District Council recently published a letter to planning agents in March 2017 addressing the potential impact of nitrogen deposition on the Ashdown Forest. The council have imposed a restriction on all development within the district until compensation measures are in place. There is real...

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...