Latest Trends in Rural Diversification

19th September, 2019 by Acorus

We are seeing a rise in different types of diversification projects. Some of the most recent cases are camping/glamping, touring caravans, dog day care, and storage facilities.

Glamping, caravanning and camping has less cost implications than for example a building conversion and involves a change of use of land.  In planning terms tents, caravans and log cabins are considered differently.  It depends on whether the proposal is a structure or not.  Caravans for example, require the change of use of land whereas log cabins are often considered buildings and require planning permission in their own right.  It is important to identify what any proposed structure is in planning terms prior to proceeding with a scheme as different planning policy will apply.

Dog day care is an area seeing increased interest.  Old stable blocks and farm buildings are ideal for such an activity.  Access to land for exercise is vital.  In highly populated areas, land just for exercising can be in demand but would also require a change of use.

Storage facilities are a fact of modern life.  With smaller dwellings and the demand for more minimalist living, people do not seem to want to throw items away.  Storage containers can present planning issues, particularly in Green Belt locations but well screened sites elsewhere can achieve permission.  A change of use of buildings is much more favourable.  Acorus have just completed a scheme for small lock up units converted from old pig sheds.

Each case will present its own set of potential issues, so it is advised to seek advice from the outset.

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