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Planning to diversify?

Posted in News by Lee May on 8th December 2014

First featured in South East Farmer magazine, December 2014

Farm diversification has long been a means of boosting revenue from agricultural land. This can take a number of forms, for example, developing a wind or solar farm, using buildings as holiday accommodation or converting farm land for camping or adventure sports.

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Planning permission for renewable energy schemes

Posted in News by Lee May on 2nd June 2014

First featured in South East Farmer Magazine, 2 June 2014

The government is keen to promote the development of the UK renewable energy sector. There are considerable benefits to the UK – including meeting climate change targets and providing energy security.

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Going underground

Posted in News by Claire Barwick on 29th May 2014

First featured in Building Magazine, May 2014

Basements may be an attractive proposition for homeowners and developers, but contractors need to take note of the legal considerations to avoid digging themselves into a big hole.

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From barn to bungalow

Posted in News by Lee May on 5th May 2014

First featured in South East Farmer, May 2014

From 6 April 2014 two new classes of permitted development have been added to the General Permitted Development Order which will provide the opportunity to change the use of existing retail and agricultural buildings into dwellings. This marks a major shift in planning policy to be welcomed by many landowners and farmers. These changes have the potential to unlock significant opportunities for rural businesses.

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Agriculture and rural update - Spring 2014

Posted in News by Sarah Webster on 14th April 2014

This bulletin highlights some of the key legal issues facing the agriculture and rural sector. There has been a major shift in planning policy which will benefit those farmers wishing to develop redundant farm buildings. We also provide an update on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform and the employment law changes which some into force from Spring 2014.

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Permitted development rights for agricultural to residential

Posted in News by Lee May on 8th April 2014

From 6 April 2014 two new classes of permitted development have been added to the General Permitted Development Order which have the potential to unlock significant opportunities for rural businesses.

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Call to farms: buying and developing agricultural land for residential use

Posted in News on 29th January 2014

This article was first featured in Prime Resi, 28 January 2014.

We all know it’s been a shrewed investment in recent years, but just how easy - or sensible - is it to buy up and develop farmland? Are the legal issues and risks the same as with brownfield sites, or more complex? What are the opportunities now that significant changes to planning policy look increasingly likely?

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Judicial Review time limit in planning cut from three months to six weeks.

Posted in News by Lee May on 22nd July 2013

As part of the Governments drive to get the planning system working more efficiently they have reduced the time limit for challenging planning decisions of councils from three months to six weeks.

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