Diversification & Planning

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 their businesses with 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, if you have previously diversified, advise on more specific issues.

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
  • Woodland creation

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 the appeal. We can also advise on Permitted Development Rights, Lawful Development Certificates (LDC) or Certificates of Lawful Existing Use or Development (CLEUD), Change of Use, removing Agricultural Occupancy Conditions and if appropriate prepare and submit suitable planning applications.

Contact us to discuss your requirements on a strictly confidential basis.

Mark Burton

Mark Burton
BA(Hons). MSc. MRICS.