Please find below links to websites that you might find useful to help with your planning project. Some are regularly used by our planning consultants. They can help at the start of your journey to work out who your council is, planning fees and if your project is covered under permitted development.
Planning fee calculator:
For farm diversification and rural business ideas, inspiration, opportunities and start up advice please visit:
To work out if you are in a flood risk zone:
To work out your Council:
Defra's Magic map application is an interactive mapping system that holds maps and data on the natural environment, such as habitats and species, designated sites, landscape types, and environmental schemes.
Find out whether your home improvement or large scale commercial project needs planning permission or building regulations approval. Use the Planning Portal’s common projects and interactive guides to find out about permitted development limits or explore the in-depth guidance to understand about what you need to consider at each stage of your project:
A single, collaborative and powerful mapping software. Land App is the leading mapping software for land management in the UK:
Visit The Rural Planning Co YouTube Channel. Here you will find some great content, including videos and webinars on planning topics such as Farm Diversification, Rural Workers Dwellings, Agricultural Workers Dwellings, good Equestrian Planning, using farm buildings for commercial use, Farm Permitted Development Rights, how to get an agricultural building without planning permission, planning for Camping and Glamping, Barn Conversion planning, Class Q and Class Q Supersede, Agricultural Property Ties, CLEUD and so much more.
If you haven't already joined us on social media, this is well worth doing. We regularly post updates on Facebook and Instagram on upcoming events, webinars, case studies, planning approvals and little snippets about our lovely team! Take a look and like our page.
We are members of the CLA - The Country Land and Business Association. If you are a landowner interested in understanding what the CLA has to offer it is worth looking at the website using the link below:
A really useful tool to pinpoint where a building or land is situated is What3Words. When our planning consultants are chatting through a farm set up with a client and they need to get an understanding of permitted development opportunities this is a great way to ensure we are singing off the same hymn sheet.
Another useful tool to describe where your site if that may require planning or the best route to get there is Google Maps. Using satellite imagery and aerial photography this can be used when conversing with our planning consultants to describe a site and they can then advise as to the best planning strategy and use of permitted development.
UK planning apps is source of maps and plans for your planning applications and the Ordnance Survey is a licensed partner.