farm diversification & planning

We can provide planning advice to help maximise the value of property assets, which might include obtaining planning consents for:
  • development land
  • barn conversions
  • agricultural dwellings
  • change of use applications
  • listed building consent
  • design and drawings

The rural way of life has changed dramatically over the last thirty years and many farms and rural businesses have had to adapt and evolve their enterprises to ensure their continued growth, and in some cases, existence. We advise farmers and landowners on how to manage the changes in the rural economy and to make the most of their assets. Our advisors can provide advice on diversification solutions appropriate to your business or on more specific issues if you have previously diversified. Examples of projects we have been involved in are:

  • conversion of rural buildings
  • residential & holiday lets
  • business premises, storage & commercial leases
  • intensive farming systems including robotic dairy units
  • renewable energy systems
  • viticulture & vinification

In some cases rural businesses have made changes to their working practices without fully realising the planning consents required to operate legally, and we are experienced in handling appeals against Enforcement Notices, including preparing full Agricultural Need Assessments or Business Need Assessments to support an appeal.