Founded by Judith Norris in 2014, The Rural Planning Practice has gained a reputation to provide rural planning solutions.

Having graduated from Reading University with an honours degree in Estate Management in 1975, Judith became an Associate of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 1977 and was elected to fellowship in 1987.

Starting her practical training as a land agent with Strutt and Parker on the Beaulieu Estate, Judith then worked for the National Trust in Cornwall and the South-East region. Judith was responsible for managing a variety of iconic properties including The White Cliffs of Dover, Sissinghurst Castle Gardens and Cotehele.

In 1987, Judith set up her own practice dealing predominantly with rural estate management, rural planning and compulsory purchase matters, particularly in the South of England. Following on from the success, Judith set up the The Rural Planning Practice.


Each team member brings their own unique area of expertise.

We have specialist and local knowledge, and we take pride in providing bespoke solutions for individuals and business owners. Our team take the time to understand your end goals, project aims and business objectives. We take a ‘holistic’ view of your development aims and planning brief so that we can recommend solutions that will suit you.

Our work is bespoke, therefore there is no set fee. We take each client by a case by case basis and assess how to provide the most affordable planning solutions.


Our membership of rural and property groups enables us to share best practice and keep one step ahead of property and planning issues.


Customer Commitment

We develop relationships that make a positive difference in our clients lives.


We provide outstanding service to our clients.

Personal Accountability

We are personally accountable for delivering on our commitments.


We uphold the highest standards of integrity in all of our actions.


We work together, across boundaries, to meet the needs of our clients.

Respect for People

We value our people, encourage their development and reward their performance.

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Setting up a glamping business
Due to the pandemic, there has been a rise in staycations. We have recently had an increase in enquiries on how to obtain planning permission for glamping sites.
ABRS talk about the effects of the pandemic
The Association of British Riding Schools on will be on BBC Radio Sussex and BBC Radio Surrey tomorrow (Saturday 30th January) talking about the effects of the pandemic on riding schools, trekking centres and livery yards.