Farmers, landowners and those involved in the equestrian sector are being reminded that there has never been a more favourable time to submit applications for any projects that require planning.
With the Government undertaking a Rural Planning Review, the call comes from the rural team at Bruton Knowles who are advising possible changes could come into play once the review has been completed.
As part of the Rural Productivity Plan the Government is committed to review the planning and regulatory constraints facing rural businesses and measures that can be taken to address them.
This includes how improved permitted development rights in rural areas can support new homes, jobs and innovation. The Government is also committed to review the current threshold for agricultural buildings being converted to residential buildings.
With the call for evidence deadline fast approaching, anyone who was thinking about starting a new project are being advised to do so now so that they fall under current legislation.
Paul Barton, a planning specialist at Bruton Knowles said: “The planning system provides an important control on the use of land, balancing the rights of the individual landowner against those of the community.
“This has been streamlined significantly in recent years reducing the level of bureaucracy and helping rural businesses expand their operation.
“What we don’t want to see is this level of freedom being curtailed. With this in mind we believe anyone who was considering for example a barn conversion or extension should do so now so they don’t come under any new legislation that might result following the review.
“What we want to see is that planning system supports the growth of the rural economy and as the Government is committed to helping boost rural productivity, hopefully any conclusion will make it easier for rural businesses to expand their operation.
“Allowing rural businesses to grow and diversify helps the communities in which they are located thrive so it’s important they are allowed to do just that.”
For further details contact Paul Barton at Bruton Knowles on 01452 880000 or paul.barton@brutonknowles