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PLANNING PERMISSION

Phosphate issues cause long delays for planning applications

Thousands of planning applications are being held up across the UK by the need for information on the phosphate levels resulting from proposed development. Where more phosphate will be produced…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Does a farm shop need planning permission?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Diana Miller, solicitor, Thrings, looks at the planning considerations when opening a…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Do we need planning for worker housing?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Nicola Quick, rural planning expert at Carter Jonas, advises on the planning…

PLANNING PERMISSION

10 points to consider before converting farm buildings

More and more farmers are exploring opportunities to convert ageing or redundant buildings in a bid to raise revenue as BPS support falls. There are opportunities aplenty, but beware the…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Do planning delays mean I can build shed?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Rebecca Stanton, a solicitor at Thrings, sets out possible solutions to a…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Can I develop on the edge of a village?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Nicola Palfrey of Carter Jonas advises on the prospects for housing…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Should I respond council's planning request?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, James Cordery of Carter Jonas advises on the process for designating…

BUSINESS

Business clinic: How do we prove holiday use is not viable?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Nicola Palfrey of Carter Jonas advises on what evidence is needed…

PLANNING PERMISSION

Advice on gaining planning permission for listed buildings

Owners of buildings with special interest must fully understand their assets and their options before applying for planning permission to avoid being stymied by their status. The team at Berrys…

LAND MARKETS

The land opportunities for farmers in a post-lockdown world

At a time when the public has grown a greater appreciation for the countryside, local food and new activities, farmers should be seeking chances to benefit. The Covid-19 pandemic and…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: How is coronavirus affecting planning?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Alex Madden, head of planning at law firm Thrings, explains how the…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

The costs and benefits of installing a cow underpass

Cow underpasses can allow herds to graze less accessible acres without the trouble of halting road traffic flow. An underpass is a large large box culvert made from precast concrete,…

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PLANNING PERMISSION

Planning system shake-up: Pluses and pitfalls for farmers

Government plans to shake up the planning system in order to create more and better houses are welcome but risk leaving the rural community behind, say experts. This month sees…

PLANNING PERMISSION

Biggest planning shake-up in years needs farmer involvement

Government housing secretary Robert Jenrick’s white paper – Planning for the Future – was released last week, alongside the launch of a public consultation on the issue. The unveiling was…

SUCCESSION PLANNING

How a second house can be added to farm in a succession plan

Adding a second house to a farm as part of succession procedures can be made easier in Wales by a little-known planning exemption. The Welsh government introduced Technical Advice Notice…

PLANNING PERMISSION

Coronavirus: Planning and development process faces delays

Planning applications and the development process face delays due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the effect will be temporary, say experts. Local authority planning committees, which meet to determine applications…

PLANNING PERMISSION

PDR applications still hampered by council misinterpretation

The acceptance rate for permitted development rights (PDRs) applications has risen to 80%, showing progress has been made compared with the previously lesser-known and misunderstood system. PDRs enable certain types…

PLANNING PERMISSION

How Class Q development rights are working in practice

There has been a mixed reception to permitted development rights (PDRs) allowing the change of use of agricultural buildings to residential units, writes Stephanie Baker, senior planning officer at Hart…

TAX

Farmers caught in development tax postcode lottery

Agricultural buildings and developments are being taxed inconsistently across Britain, at a cost of thousands of pounds to the farmers caught up in a postcode lottery. The community infrastructure levy…

BUSINESS

New policy could make it easier to build rural housing

More than one in four CLA members want to build affordable housing. A new way to develop more homes of this type in the countryside is being proposed by the…