Local Planning Authorities

Agricultural Development Appraisals

Advising Planning Authorities on agricultural applications to help determine whether there is justification for development on the basis of planning policy.

Agriculture is a dynamic and complex industry which is constantly faced by both challenges and opportunities as it strives to meet the changing needs of governments, the national and international food supply chain above it and a growing population of ever demanding consumers. As a result, farming practices and facilities need to change and adapt to remain commercially viable and to comply with legislation.

Whether driven by modernisation, intensification (or increasingly extensification), increases in production capacity or acreage, share and contract farming arrangements and expansion into alternative revenue streams, farmers increasingly look to develop their sites which generally requires planning permission.

This has led to the growth in demand for rural planning and development, spanning a wide range of specialist facilities:

  • Temporary or permanent dwellings for farmers and workers
  • New barns or barn extensions for both livestock, harvested crop and equipment storage
  • Hard standing and handling areas
  • Waste handling – slurry lagoons, soil bunds, manure handling
  • Water management – reservoirs, pumping facilities, pipework
  • Access – tracks, entrances, driveways
  • Intensive cropping: greenhouses, polytunnels
  • On farm processing
  • On farm retailing
  • On farm energy generation eg anaerobic digestion, wind, solar

In addition, the basis for justification of a development will be driven by the type of enterprise and this will vary enormously since animal and crop husbandry varies by species, across:

  • Dairy
  • Beef
  • Pig Production
  • Poultry
  • Alternative Livestock (eg. Buffalo, Llama, Ostrich)
  • Arable
  • Vegetable
  • Horticultural (eg large scale tree, shrub, flower production)
  • Specialist enterprises (eg. Herbs, crops grown under glass/polythene)
  • As a result, Local Planning Authorities have established planning policy to allow for justifiable development. Diversification applications are regularly submitted in rural areas, demonstrating an essential need for development and justification against that policy framework.

Planning officers don’t necessarily feel sufficiently qualified or knowledgeable, to establish whether the case put forward is factually correct and therefore meets the criteria for development on the basis of their Authority’s stated agricultural policy.

At Landscope we have significant experience of property planning and development across a range of agricultural systems. We can help Planning Officers to assess individual applications, deliver a robust decision on whether to grant permission or not and any conditions they would be advised to place on approval.

To do this we review the application and supporting documentation, visit the site, meet with the applicants and their agent, review any supporting financial/business planning documents and then write a comprehensive report assessing the application against your Planning Authority’s agricultural policy and any relevant national frameworks.

Our experience has taken us into a wide range of equestrian properties and commercial enterprises from private yards, through farm diversification schemes such as cross country/chaser courses, livery yards, riding schools, polo yards, hunt kennels and multi-facility equestrian centres, to the development of equine veterinary facilities and large scale horse racing yards and studs.

You may encounter applications from any of these types of businesses or individuals. If you need the support of a specialist agricultural adviser, we have the skills and experience to help.

How can we help you?

Call us on 01525 630113 or email Sam Franklin at sfranklin@landscope.co.uk