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Andrew Granger & Co's planning team help a local farmer to diversify

Thu 1 December 2022

Shepherd’s huts in the picturesque countryside of Leicestershire are now available for short-term stays following the successful submission for planning approval.

Set in rolling fields on a small working farm just 10 minutes from Market Harborough, the holiday rentals have helped local farmers to diversify and offer holidaymakers a small slice of rural Leicestershire life.

Having advised the landowners on several planning matters over the years, the planning and development department at Andrew Granger & Co. were able to help secure planning consent for three new short-term holiday lets as part of a scheme of diversification across the farm holding.

Chris Green, one of the Associate Planners at Anadrew Granger & Co., explains a little more about the project:

“As owners of a small farm, it is not unusual to sometimes fall foul of the complicated world of planning policy and legislation. On this instance, I’d first meet the landowners following a plea for assistance with some potential enforcement action from the Local Authority.”

“Once all the necessary permissions were in place, it was clear that these landowners had the passion and enthusiasm had much more to offer from their farm.”

Planning policy rightly protects the open countryside from unnecessary and inappropriate development, however there is a clear push to assist farmers in diversifying their enterprises in the midst of some challenging times.

Chris adds: “With clearer development rights to allow redundant agricultural buildings be better utilised – for residential or commercial purposes – as well as policy support to help boost rural tourism across our countryside, there are endless possibilities for committed farmers grow their businesses.”

If you need any help or guidance regarding a diversification project, or need assistance in resolving a planning enforcement issue, please get in touch with us on 01858 439090. Alternatively, you can find out more information here: