Planning Consultancy

Biodiversity net gain comes into force

“On 12 February 2024, the delivery of a minimum of 10% Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) became a statutory requirement for new applications for planning permission for major development.  On 2 April...

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New planning rules for short term lets

Almost a year ago we pointed out the Government’s consultation on introducing a new planning use class for short-term lets and associated permitted development rights.  We expected that the consultation was...

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Class Q approval obtained for five dwellings

Acorn Rural Property Consultants has successfully obtained Class Q approval for the conversion of an agricultural building under the Class Q permitted development right to five dwellings.  If you have a...

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Levelling-Up Act becomes law

We have been keeping tabs on the progress of the Levelling-Up Bill and have been actively engaged in resisting the scrapping of what is known colloquially as “the 4-year rule”. After...

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Watchdog bites itself

In an ironic twist that has made the national press, Natural England (NE) has indicated that it may have to object to its own planning application for the construction of a...

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What is an agricultural bungalow?

In the world of rural planning, it is common to hear the term “agricultural bungalow” used as shorthand to refer to a bungalow that is subject to a planning condition or...

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Planners on the frontline

A a new wave of talented planners with innovative ideas and ambitions for the communities of tomorrow will soon be landing on a local planning authority near you. This next next...

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