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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...

Indoor School for WOW Saddles

WOW Saddles is an innovative company which has revolutionised saddle making and fitting. Based in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the factory, with its state of the art equipment, needed a dry place to air test saddles (which cannot be done in wet conditions), and...

Permission Granted for House to Support International Event Rider

This is a long story with a happy outcome! This rider has a well established competition yard within an American barn. The planning history was difficult because permission for the barn had been granted under an agricultural notification and the rural advisor took issue with the...

Removal of Agricultural Occupancy Conditions

The Rural Planning Practice has recently achieved consent for the removal of two agricultural occupancy conditions (AOC) for two houses in Kent. In both cases the occupiers had been living in breach of the condition for over 10 years and it was proven that the condition...

Houses, houses everywhere – The Planner’s view

We are seeing houses, many of them on sites never contemplated before. The reason we are seeing this explosion is a catastrophic failure of planning policy where growth in rural areas has been seen as one of the deadly sins for far too long. The government's...