Residential Sites <5 Units


Small scale residential development (5 or less units) can take place in underused farm yards, previous commercial sites and even in residential gardens set within urban or rural areas. Not only can this rejuvenate underused or redundant sites but can maximise the value of your land or create housing for a loved one.

The growing UK population has led to an increase in pressure for new homes, something recognised by the Government. The demand has meant a steady loosening up of planning policy which seeks to significantly boost the supply. The National Planning Policy Framework gives greater support to rural development encouraging rural communities and business to grow and prosper.

These types of development can include plots for self-build, starter homes or build-to-rent accommodation. The schemes that we develop are sensitively designed to respect the local vernacular, creating a sense of pride and contributing to a sense of place.

Is planning permission required? (How to obtain planning permission?)

In short, yes. There are a plethora of ways to obtain planning permission each with different considerations, requirements for information, costs and timescales.

While full planning permission involves a singles application it is the most costly. Outline planning permission and permission in principle applications are two step processes with lower up front costs and allow the principle of the development to be established prior to considering other elements like design and highway impact.

An alternative route is to get the land ‘allocated’. This can be undertaken through the Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA), local plan and/or neighbourhood plans. During the production and review of these documents a ‘call-for-sites’ will open at which point your site can be submitted and considered for adoption. The process does not grant planning permission but is a high level assessment used as a starting point to decide whether sites could be developed for housing.

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What is the process for this type of application?

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What are the main issues that need to be overcome?

Principle of the proposal – small scale residential

We have to firstly make sure the Local Planning Authority are happy with the proposal in principle, asking the question - does the development meet local and national planning policy? As well as the principle, there are lots of other factors that come into planning for small scale residential development:

  • Likelihood of flooding
  • Highways safety and impact
  • Impact on public rights of way
  • Impact on designations such as Green Belt, green space or AONBs
  • Noise
  • Neighbour amenity
  • Ecology
  • Lay out (urban design)
  • Density
  • Housing mix
  • Developer contributions and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)
  • Energy statement
  • Telecommunications and broadband

Other factors have to be thought very carefully about:

  • Design
  • Materials
  • Scale
  • Siting
  • Drainage

How The Rural Planning Co can help

We LOVE getting involved with exciting new equestrian projects like this, and helping you along the journey to bringing your personal aspirations or business plans and dreams to fruition. With many years specialising in this sector, we believe that engaging an experienced and proactive consultant can reduce the stress, time and cost of the process and above all gives you the best chance of success.

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Here are some links to more business help on The Business Barn website.

Our other business Moule & Co specialises in rural professional consultancy and can help with grants and business plans.