We provide multiple, interconnected and diverse rural development services to mirror its many facets

From farm diversification and traditional building conversion through to high-end leisure and tourism projects, our support for rural development is as diverse as the settings. We support clients from site design and layout to securing planning consent by resolving technical site-specific planning issues, helping to safeguard the future of rural businesses in supporting their bids to diversify.

Our work in rural environments addresses sensitive landscape issues and environmental protection considerations relevant to habitats and individual species protected in law. Projects such as glamping and camping sites, luxury hotels and leisure destinations often require overcoming complex planning requirements and local planning policies, including securing certificates of lawfulness and change of use consents. Our team’s diverse experience and our geographic spread across the UK means we can put forward a collaborative team of experts with the right knowledge for each specific project.

Lizzie Spencer, Senior Planner, Stephenson Halliday

“Today, rural environments are no longer the preserve of agricultural specialists. Farmers looking to diversify their holdings, leisure companies leading changes within the tourism market and new glamping and camping sites are desirable across the UK, bringing their unique planning and regulatory requirements. With over two decades of experience, we’re in a prime position to take our clients’ projects forward from site feasibility to delivery and management.”