Over the period there has been a considerable change in policy, particularly the introduction of the National Planning Policy Framework, localism and neighbourhood plans, to name but a few.
In actively working with rural groups, such as the CLA and NFU, we have been actively involved in pressing Government for change. The introduction and progression of Class Q permitted development rights (the conversion of agricultural buildings to residential) has been a recent success, although much is still yet to do to see it deliver essential rural housing.
As a small but national consultancy, Acorus is somewhat unique in offering a ‘one stop shop’ service to rural customers, seeking to add value to their land and buildings. Services include planning consultancy, architectural services, project management and property sales which means that we are one of the few companies that can provide an inception to completion offer and, where necessary, eventual sale.
Our planning and property consultancy is provided to a huge range of rural businesses, private individuals and public bodies. We can assist with planning applications, appeals, enforcement notices, certificate of lawfulness, removal of agricultural occupancy conditions and the environmental impact assessments, notably in relation to intensive agricultural activities e.g. pig and poultry units.
‘Developing the brief’ is an essential part of any project and enables the customer and Acorus consultants to determine a precise list of components and elements that the development must contain. Our particular expertise includes building conversions, dwellings and domestic design, commercial buildings, agricultural buildings, leisure and tourism, horticultural buildings and glasshouses, farm shops and restaurants.
Most agricultural buildings do not require Building Regulation consent whilst all other developments such as barn conversions, dwellings and other structures do. To meet Building Regs, the planning drawings are generally developed to demonstrate that the proposal meets certain conditions, for example structural, thermal, fire, drainage and other key requirements called on by law.
Construction details are not required to satisfy the Building Regs and the data is normally submitted as a performance related specification contained on the drawings. However, in order to develop the project further, a detailed set of drawings are produced to enable a contractor to price the works, order the appropriate materials and build the proposal without any ambiguity. As part of this ‘Production Information’ a bespoke written specification will assist in ensuring that the contract details, materials and quality standards can be maintained throughout the construction period.
Acorus prides itself in providing a bespoke service to its customers, tailor-made to meet your budget and aspirations.
We can assist you in the Plan - Design - Build process. Call us to discuss your development opportunities.