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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...

Planning for all-weather riding surfaces

Arguably one of the biggest equestrian planning challenges is that of all-weather riding surfaces. Equestrian development does not come under permitted developments and any works to take place on private land outside the curtilage of a house will require a full planning application to be...

New Cirencester Office for The Rural Planning Practice

Building on the success of its Kent office, The Rural Planning Practice has opened a new office in Cirencester in Gloucestershire. Based in the heart of Cirencester on Dyer Street, the new office provides a great location for reaching clients based across Gloucestershire and the...

Launch of New Website

The Rural Planning Practice is enjoying very positive feedback on its new-look website. As well as showcasing the range of specialist planning services the team provides, the new enhanced website features topical planning articles and commentary written by its experts. Visitors to the site can see the...

Scoring Planning Goals!

Given the numbers involved and the Government’s pro-growth agenda set out in the 2012 National Planning Policy framework then surely planning authorities should love equestrian development in general and polo in particular. Alas this is not always the case. There is much confusion in planner’s...