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A ‘One Stop Shop’

Acorus case studies

Acorus are a national company specialising in rural development.  We specialise in a variety of planning matters and can take a project from inception to completion, and eventual sale if so desired.

We are a ‘one stop shop’ offering clients a turnkey solution based on the following services.


Acorus cover a broad spectrum of planning work and provide general advice regarding increasing the value of property assets, advising on the need for planning permission and scope for any permitted development rights, applying for planning permission and resolving rural development issues such as legitimising developments that do not have planning permission, enforcement issues and appealing refused applications.  Acorus has a reputation for leading the way in terms of dealing with removal of agricultural occupancy conditions and handling large commercial projects and associated Environmental Impact Assessments.

Many staff within the company have been with Acorus since its formation and are themselves from farming/rural backgrounds.  The knowledge base therefore is vast.


Acorus has the benefit of an experienced in-house design/drawing team.  We work closely with each other to negotiate the complexities of rural planning whether permitted development rules, working in the green belt, conversion of existing buildings, new farm dwellings or other buildings in the countryside.

We understand the difference between different types of farming enterprises and have the technical experience to design farm buildings that work on their own or part of a group of buildings.  Examples include commercial/farm buildings and farmhouses, residential extensions and conversions to achieve planning success.

Project Management

Acorus offer a full project management service.

In particular, our contract administration and health and saftey services are specifically designed to assist clients through complex building projects.

We know our way around associated various legislation such as CDM, CIL, Listed Buildings and Building Regulations as well as the planning process.

Property Sales

Much of our property sales derive from our planning and design work.  However, some clients contact us to purely sell their property due to our broad knowledge and contacts within the rural sector.  We are often contacted by clients with properties subject to planning conditions.  Some initial enquiries to sell then lead to planning work after establishing property values could be enhanced prior to sale with the benefit of planning permission.  We have the necessary in-house experience and resources.

We are also on hand to advise buyers on the acquisition of land and property nationwide.

Our planning expertise has often been critical to many sales, solving problems for sellers and buyers. Many buyers have come back to use our planning and design expertise after purchasing a property through us, a fact we are proud of.

For further information about Acorus visit our information sheets covering a variety of planning matters.


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Class Q Revisited

We recently revisited a site of one of the early Acorus Class Q applications (then Class MB) which was approved in July 2014 being one

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