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Julie Milne

It is with great sadness that we share the news that our dear friend and colleague Julie Milne has passed away. Julie was our Finance Administrator for over 21 years, having worked in ADAS, transferring to Acorus when it was formed in October 2002. Julie was an exceptional employee, totally committed to her job and […]

Conversion of a Glasshouse to a Dwelling

Greenhouse in garden

Class Q of the General Permitted Development Order allows for the conversion of agricultural buildings into dwellings. Whilst this may bring up typical images of brick and pantile barns in effect any agricultural building is eligible if it meets the rules. Whilst we have got through some less typical structures such as timber poultry sheds […]

NFU and Acorus Rural Property Services join forces to deliver more for NFU members

people stood near sign

The NFU and Acorus Rural Property Services have struck a deal to bring the company under the NFU umbrella, joining NFU Energy and CT Planning in a growing portfolio of professional commercial services available to NFU members. The NFU Commercial & Investment Director Ken Sutherland said: “We’re really pleased to announce this partnership with Acorus. […]

Class Q Revisited

large wood building

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 of the earliest approvals in the Country (and the West Midlands). An impressive dwelling has been created, a true testament to the owners who have developed a home for the […]

Agricultural Occupancy Condition Removal

Most dwellings built for agricultural purposes are subject to an occupancy condition which restricts the occupation of the dwelling to a person employed in agriculture. In terms of the wording of such conditions, whilst there have been many variations since the 1950s, generally the standard condition will usually state:                 ‘The occupation of the dwelling […]

Adventure Golf Course Granted!

Recently opened to the public, a new 18 hole adventure golf course has been well received in the local area and further afield. Planning permission was sought at the beginning of 2022 by Acorus on behalf of a long standing client as a compliment to the existing Golf Club business on site which incorporates a […]

New Permitted Development Right – Temporary Recreational Campsites

For a number of years legislation has allowed temporary changes of use of land for a number of purposes up to 28 days per year without the need for full planning permission.  Part 4 of Schedule 2 of The Town & Country Planning General Permitted Development (England) Order details what is and is not permitted.  […]

Glamping Site Granted in the AONB

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) supports sustainable development and a prosperous rural economy including tourism and leisure developments which respect the character of the countryside.  Development within the AONB, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is restricted to minor development which should be sensitively located and designed to avoid or minimise adverse impact. Acorus were […]

Rural Diversification

Rural diversification can be both agricultural and non-agricultural and rewarding on many levels. There are a variety of diversification options and increasingly farm businesses are now multi-faceted providing the business with a variety of income streams. Leisure and tourism activities continue to be popular with many farms offering camping/glamping facilities, caravan pitches and other forms […]

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