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Setting Up a Glamping Business?

Glamping has been in our vocabulary since about 2005; in reality the concept of elaborate movable tents goes back to the Ottomans, and perhaps as even as far back to the Crusades. In the 21st Century glamping covers a range of tents or structures from yurts,...

Extension of a Fruit Packing Building

We achieved permission for an extension to an existing fruit packing building within the Green Belt with a new access. The applicants needed to accommodate machinery required for a flow wrap unit to comply with the standards of the supermarkets who purchase the 2,000 tonnes of apples produced. Unless...

Farm Diversification Success

Planning permission was granted by Braintree District Council for the demolition of farm buildings and their replacement with a cattery, stabling and a indoor school within the setting of a Grade II listed farmhouse and conservation area. One of the main challenges was to situate the stables...

PREFAB HOUSES: WHATEVER NEXT?

An Opportunity for Landowners: - The prefab is to make a comeback. The Government has indicated it will be publishing a White Paper in November, with plans to offer manufacturers help to build 100 000 ready-made homes in a bid to solve the housing shortage. As...

Three Successful Case Studies

Lawful Development Certificate: - Wealden District Council We achieved a Lawful Development Certificate for the retention of a building for use as a single dwelling house separate from the main house. Planning permission was originally granted for ancillary accommodation. Wealden District Council insisted that the applicant should...

Planning for Christmas

Father Christmas lives at Santa’s Castle which is a bit unusual because it is a Grade I listed building with an agricultural occupancy condition.  The Castle is approached by a tiny rural lane in a place well away from a bus stop.  In planning speak...

Agriculture to Equestrian Use

Q I keep my horse at grass.In the winter I feed him hay and hard feed, and rug him. When The weather is really bad I stable him. Some of the time a small flock of sheep is kept on the land. Do I need planning permission...

Sustainable: A Wonderful, Well Worn Word!

The shorter Oxford Dictionary says it is to “cause to continue in a certain state”. To some people it means conserving resources so future generations have choices. The alternative definition (if you are a planning officer) is that sustainable means a bus stop and that...