What is the difference between a CLEUD and CLOPUD

Certificate of Lawfulness - CLEUD or CLOPUD The acronyms for Certificates of Lawfulness may look like alphabet spaghetti but they are very useful tools for property owners.  They allow an application to a local planning [...]

Agricultural to residential permitted development rights

Class MB permitted development rights Schedule 2, Part 3, Class MB of the Town and Country (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (as amended) introduced in April 2014 permitted development rights to convert redundant agricultural buildings [...]

Financial Viability Appraisal

In an increasingly competitive development market, financial viability appraisals are becoming more important than ever to provide accurate figures that can be used in decision making by land owners, developers and planning authorities.  By employing [...]

Affordable housing obligations stalling development

The economic downturn and falling house prices are making property development more difficult than in recent years.  The situation is exacerbated by limited supply of new housing land which maintains a high land cost. In [...]

Agricultural Occupancy Conditions removed without marketing

There is a common misconception that houses subject to an “agricultural tie” have to be advertised for sale for at least a year prior to attempting removal of the condition. This is not always the [...]

On farm renewable energy production no longer needs full planning

It is very welcome news for the agricultural and forestry community that permitted development rights have been updated to include renewable energy production.  The rights now include:  New buildings and extensions can be erected to [...]

Business Plans

Many developments require business plans to: Secure finance for long and short term lending from Banks or other investers, Meet economic tests in planning applications, Demonstrate viability to third parties, Secure grant funding. However their [...]

Initial Feasibility Reports

Planning application fees are often thousands of pounds and mistakes can be costly, we always strive to deliver cost effective solutions.  For this reason we recommend to clients contemplating relatively ambitious proposals to consider an [...]

Forestry wins but what is the definition of forestry in planning law?

We are pleased to report that we have secured planning permission for Caddis Forestry to expand their innovative business at a new site in the Green Belt.  Wharfe Rural Planning Consultants have helped Caddis Foresty [...]

Landmark case affirms Agricultural Permitted Development Rights

In the Court of Appeal after a two year battle with the planning system a Norfolk farmer has been awarded a landmark ruling that will make it easier for farmers to erect new buildings.  Mr [...]

Is my Greenfield Green Belt?

A common confusion when visiting sites is the difference between the terms Greenfield and Green Belt.  The first is any site that has not been previously developed i.e. not Brownfield.  Green Belt is a planning [...]

What is the definition of forestry in planning law?

The simple answer is that there isn't a definition of forestry in planning law.  Agriculture is clearly defined in the Town and Country Planning Act but forestry does not enjoy the same lucidity.  Obviously forestry [...]

Discharge, variation or removal of a planning condition

The range of conditions that can be imposed on planning permissions is wide and far-reaching often with implications that are not  fully appreciated by an applicant at the time of the decision.  Conditions can be [...]