10 Point survival guide for navigating the planning system

Applying for planning permission can be emotionally and financially challenging.  You reveal what you would like to do with your house, your business or your land. You lay down your plans for others to see and wait to be judged, you wait for responses from your neighbours, technical consultees and the Council.  You hope that [...]

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 authority for determination whether an existing or proposed use or development is or will be lawful.  Once approved the application [...]

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 to residential use. The introduction of the new ‘rights’ initiated grand announcements from politicians and much debate in the planning [...]

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 a RICS qualified practitioner you can be certain that industry standard practice is followed to ensure objective, unbiased professional advice. [...]

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 addition to this, demanding planning obligations by local authorities require funding; whether it be transfer of housing stock or financial [...]

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 case and there are several questions that should be explored before marketing is considered. • Has the property been built [...]

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 house biomass boilers, anaerobic digestion systems together with the fuel and waste associated with those systems and also for housing [...]

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 initial feasibility report that will analyse proposals in relation to current planning policy and can include other advisers from our [...]

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 develop a pioneering business model as part of their sustainable forestry enterprise.  The risks and rewards of producing timber are [...]

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 & Mrs Murrell with the support of the NFU’s Legal Assistance Scheme challenged a planning inspectors decision to refuse their [...]

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