Farming slump leads to increased consultancy planning work

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 1 Sep 2015

Carver Knowles' professional teamA rural planning and surveying consultancy has seen workloads jump following the farming slump which has led to farmers to seek to diversify and convert buildings into other uses. 

Carver Knowles, based in Strensham on the Gloucestershire-Worcestershire border, is ramping up its team to deal with the growing demand.

Associate director Julie Branfield (pictured left) told Planning: “The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), permitted development rights and economic growth have kept our planning arm very busy.

“We are a rural-based practice, covering Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Warwickshire and beyond and the slump in farming is having a big planning impact.

“Farmers are looking for other uses for their buildings, so a lot of our work is farm diversification and barn conversions.”

Increasing demand for its planning services has prompted the firm to expand its business. The practice is looking to recruit a planning consultant.

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