Rooted in the Countryside

What we do

David Collier Rural Planning specialises in development on or affecting farms and rural estates, including:

  • Applications for planning permission for agricultural buildings and dwellings;
  • Farm diversification applications;
  • Prior approval applications for permitted development (although planning permission is not needed, it may be necessary to obtain the Council’s approval for specified details such as design and siting); and
  • Opposition to development proposals affecting rural areas especially farms and rural estates.

David Collier Rural Planning works with carefully-selected specialists in fields such as architecture and ecology to ensure that the client has the expertise required to overcome the challenges of site and location.

Our work for clients includes:

Working in your countryside for development
Working in your countryside
  • Pre-application discussions with the Council to agree on the background reports needed to accompany the planning application and identify any policy concerns to be addressed.
  • Preparation of the planning application and compilation of background reports.
  • Identifying suitable professionals to provide additional assistance – though these would be instructed by the client once satisfied of their suitability to ensure that there will be a direct and fruitful relationship.
  • Planning Policy Statements
  • Addressing the Council’s Planning Committee where appropriate and agreed with the client
  • Development Plan representations or objections.
  • Preparation of appeal documents and where necessary appearing at local hearings or public inquiries.
  • Enforcement notices and appeals
  • Applications for Lawful Use Certificates to safeguard existing development.
  • Proposed development certificates (to establish the status of proposed development).

The Place Alliance has published a new report, "HOME COMFORTS How the design of our homes and neighbourhoods effected (sic) our experience of the Covid-19 lockdown and what we can learn for the future". It proves that now even academics don't write proper English.

At the request of a new client I produced a planning statement explaining why planning permission should be granted retrospectively. It went to the Council last Monday. Permission granted this Monday. Planning officer deserves credit for responsiveness. That's quick.

Our latest success was with a proposal to change a small, former quarry into an extension of a domestic garden. It has been approved with acceptable conditions, so our clients are pleased. But we're only halfway there. We now need separate approval for infilling the hole.

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