News & insight

  • All
  • Company news
  • Equestrian
  • Property & Planning
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...

Planning History: Cirencester

Upon the creation of a Roman town such as Cirencester, commissioners and surveyors meticulously took charge in planning both the grid of the urban space and what was known as the ‘centuriation’ across the countryside. The squares of this grid were then subdivided and allocated...

Planning Gloom and How to Solve It

Planning Gloom is a familiar complaint to those who tangle with our very complex planning system; It all started in 1948 when development was effectively nationalised. Planning Gloom became more acute with the introduction of the 1990 Act and the “plan led system” which meant...

Indoor School for Dressage Rider

When we were first involved in this case most of the stable yard with 20 boxes, staff accommodation, wash down and storage had no planning permission. The only permission was for the non commercial use of five boxes and the sand school. Despite the lack of...

Game Farm Appeal Allowed in South Downs National Park

A significant landowner in Lewes District developed a game farm on the edge of the farmyard with young pheasants being supplied to various shoots in England. The application for the game farm was rejected by the Lewes District Planning Committee who overturned the officer's recommendation. The case was...