About half of all UK farms have diversified and added new business activities to traditional farming. The Rural Planning Practice helps owners and rural businesses capitalise on their property and land for a range of diversification projects, including reuse of rural buildings, office conversions and holiday accommodation.

Planning permission may be required for any new development or material change of use of your land. However, if you plan to use agricultural land or buildings for agricultural purposes you do not need planning permission; and many agricultural and forestry operations are allowed under ‘permitted development rights’ without you having to apply for planning permission.

Our team of experts can help you get the necessary planning consents for your project.

recent projects

Rural enterprise and tourism

We were particularly pleased to obtain planning permission in the green belt to secure the use of a barn as a live/work unit for a cheesemaker known for making Winterdale Cheese. The Rural Planning Practice became involved in this project following an earlier application which had failed. We managed to negotiate a very successful outcome for the rural entrepreneur and his family.

Other projects include obtaining planning permission to restore a very attractive pair of cottages (regarded by the local planning authority as abandoned) as shepherds’ accommodation.

Also on the Isle of Wight we obtained planning permission for conversion of a transmitter station at Niton Down to a holiday cottage.