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May 16, 2011

Coalition urges farm building conversion for residential use

Ministers want rural councils to consider changing planning policies to support residential conversion of unwanted farm buildings rather than insisting on employment reuse.

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January 4, 2011

Worried about dangerous trees?

As the extreme winter weather persists you may find yourself concerned about nearby trees and overhanging branches, their stability and what could happen if heavy snow or strong winds caused them to collapse and fall causing serious damage and injury.

NFU have the following advice:-


December 13, 2010

Worried about what damage heavy snow could do to your property?

Adequately winter-proofing your home will ensure you aren’t one of those left counting the cost as the sub-zero temperatures descend upon us. 

As always, prevention is key, it’s all about locating the problem and fixing it before it’s made worse by the ravages of the winter season.

Here’s a guide from the NFU of what to look out for when faced with deep snow………   


October 27, 2010

Call for Housing Conversions on Farms to be Made Easier

Filed under: Industry News — Tags: , , — sharon @ 12:32 pm

Average house prices in rural England have more than doubled over the past decade to over £250,000 but the average salary remains at approx. £21,000 and the number of people on social housing waiting lists in rural areas has risen to 750,000 over the same period. 

Communities minister Andrew Stunell has called on all Councils to consider amending existing planning policies to make it easier for Farmers to develop disused farm buildings and offer affordable homes on the farm for local people. 

Stunell said “Farmers are the custodians of our countryside, managing thousands of acres of rural land across England.  But when they want to make disused buildings available for new homes, they can often face an uphill battle to get planning permission in the face of their council’s development plans.  That’s why I want to make it easier for farmers to offer homes on the farm for local people”. 


National Farmers Union planning adviser Ivan Moss said; “the home on the farm scheme is an excellent opportunity for farmers who want to use their outbuildings for a constructive purpose.  It should also sustain the rural economy by providing homes for those working in it.  The NFU will watch with interest the outcomes of the first applications from farmers to their local councils to convert disused buildings into affordable homes and hope that councils will be equally eager to be pioneers in the scheme”. 

Source of information:  The Planning Portal

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