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We can help to obtain planning permission and add value to your site, even in the most sensitive rural areas


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Bell Cornwell has considerable experience of acting on behalf of rural landowners, with our clients including a number of prominent landed estates as well as farmers and other rural businesses.

We have experience working on developments such as barn conversions, rural workers dwellings, permitted development rights and staycation schemes.

We are specialists in delivering planning permissions in the most sensitive rural areas, with our consultants having acted on a large number of projects in national parks, heritage coasts, areas of outstanding natural beauty and in green belt locations.

As part of the services to our clients, we prepare planning assessments and applications, certificates of lawfulness, and planning appeals. We also provide general planning advice, estate asset reviews, and can provide support through each step of the planning process.

Types of development:

  • Farm and rural diversification business schemes
  • Permitted development rights and prior approval applications
  • Barn and redundant building conversions
  • Rural workers’ dwellings
  • Country sports and equestrian uses
  • Tourism, staycation and overnight accommodation

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Whether you’re building new commercial facilities, repurposing existing premises or looking to secure a change of use, our input will add value to your development. We can highlight the economic and employment benefits of your proposals, address concerns about traffic, servicing and noise as well as carry out sequential analysis.
This type of new development will often attract considerable interest from the local community and may be subject to very specific land use constraints. We can liaise with key organisations to minimise risk and meet operational needs for clients within both the state and independent sectors.
There is a drive for renewable and low carbon energy solutions as well as sustainable waste management to be delivered through new development. There are both local and national policies at play and we can advise how to incorporate such technologies into your scheme.
Developments such as care villages, elderly and dementia care homes and assisted living accommodation require a strong understanding of sector specific issues. We can compile arguments related to need, specialist design and regulatory requirements as well as addressing the impact on local provisions.
We prepare heritage impact assessments to accompany applications as well as any additional consents that are required, such as listed building consent. Consult us at an early stage to identify local heritage assets and mitigate potential issues so you can pursue your scheme with greater confidence.
We can help with a range of home improvement projects such as the construction of ancillary accommodation and ‘granny annexes’, changes to allow working from home or extensions to the existing buildings. We can advise what type of permission you require and the best route to obtaining it.
Our experience includes traditional forms of development such as new hotels, holiday parks, campsites and short stay visitor accommodation. We are also specialists in less common schemes which include tree houses, shepherd huts and other high end, bespoke offerings. Our analysis of the site will help to develop a strategy that’s right for you.
We undertake work on residential projects of all sizes and types, ranging from single dwellings up to major urban extension and regeneration schemes. We can help you navigate any planning obligations as well as utilise strategic opportunities such as land supply deficiencies, previously developed land and permitted development, to name but a few.
As the housing market becomes more complex, a greater range of alternatives are being brought to the market such as purpose-built student housing, extra care for the elderly and co-living spaces for young professionals. We can help you navigate the associated planning obligations and develop a strategy to obtain the necessary permissions.