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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,...

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...