Changing Times

 David Stout writes on how those in the rural sector can take advantage of the changing times. I'm sure I'm far from alone when saying that for most of us involved in agriculture and the rural sector generally this feels like a highly significant time for us all. Much continues to be written and said about how the changes to the support system...
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RICS Rural Conference 2021

On Wednesday 7th July 2021, our Land Agency team virtually attended the annual RICS Rural Conference. The agenda focused heavily on the future of the UKs agricultural policy, with key speakers including Victoria Prentis MP, Farming Minister, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Farming, Fisheries and Food, DEFRA and Lord Callanan Parliamentar...
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'Carpe Diem'

 My friends in the Midlands tell me that the housing market there has recently been all but frantic. Perfectly ordinary houses (their words, not mine!) attracted numerous viewings almost as soon as they were listed. Was it the urge to benefit from the tail-end of the Chancellor's reduction in stamp duty, even though it was already partially wi...
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Environment Act 2021

 New legislation has been passed which will seek to protect and enhance our environment for future generations. Through the Act, the Government will aim to clean up the country's air, restore natural habitats, increase biodiversity, reduce waste and make better use of our resources. It is hoped that the Act will halt the decline in species by ...
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Adding Value with PFK Planning & Development

PFK is the only business of its kind in Cumbria to employ RTPI qualified Chartered Town Planners. Town Planners have the professional skills to understand complex legislation, to find solutions to difficult property-related challenges, to negotiate and advocate for good outcomes and project manage the planning process. This article will take a look...
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Self-Build Housing - Solution to the UK Housing Crisis or Grand Design Dream?

The Government recently commissioned an independent review into self-build housing. The Bacon Review, published on 21 August 2021, sets out a range of recommendations for how the delivery of self-build housing can be improved. Among the recommendations contained in the review are a "small sites programme" which would encourage local authorities and...
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New agricultural building

 Lake District National Park PFK Planning supported our client with an application that sought approval for a new agricultural building measuring 207.4sqm, for the storage of farm implements and feed. The application was made under Part 6, Class A of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 and submitted to the ...
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Presentation to planning committee

Allerdale Borough Council PFK Planning were retained at short notice to provide professional advice and guidance to a client whose application to Allerdale Borough Council which was due to be considered by their development panel the following week. Following an initial meeting to understand their application and key issues, we developed a presenta...
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Single residential plot

Carlisle City Council Outline planning approval was successfully achieved for a single storey dwelling located within a large residential garden plot. The application was submitted to Carlisle City Council. This was supported by an indicative layout plan which showed how the site could be developed and adhere to council's planning policies, in part...
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Annual monitoring report

Eden District Council Eden District Council appointed PFK Planning to update their annual monitoring reports for 2015/16 and 2016/17. This was a significant piece of work which required us to collate and analyse data, prepare reports, and assess Council performance against monitoring indicators. Local planning authorities must publish information a...
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Agricultural worker’s dwelling

 Copeland Borough Council Full planning approval was successfully obtained for a new agricultural worker's dwelling on the outskirts of Cleator Moor in Copeland. The requirement for a new dwelling stemmed from the labour needs of the farm, and the application was supported by a detailed agricultural appraisal, prepared by our colleagues in the...
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Medium-scale housing development

Eden District Council  Full, detailed planning approval was successfully obtained for 28 new dwellings in the village of Temple Sowerby in the Eden Valley. The site, situated to the rear of the Temple Sowerby Medical Practice, is located on the western edge of the village. The site is located within a designated conservation area. The site was...
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National Model Design Code Update

The 14 local planning authorities in England selected to apply the new National Model Design Code (NMDC) to their areas have been announced by housing...
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Accompanied Viewer: ESTATE AGENCY/ COCKERMOUTH

PFK are currently looking to recruit a casual accompanied viewer for Cockermouth and Whitehaven. Ad-hoc hours to include weekdays and weekends.
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Sales Negotiator: ESTATE AGENCY/ KESWICK

The Role You will work as part of the team providing customer focused service to both sales and lettings clients. You will pro-actively manage clients, suggesting suitable properties to buyers/tenants and deliver a high level of service to our vendor/landlord clients. You will proactively manage our stock and client list, including liaising with ve...
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Sales Negotiator: ESTATE AGENCY/ COCKERMOUTH

The Role You will work as part of the team providing customer focused service to both sales and lettings clients. You will pro-actively manage clients, suggesting suitable properties to buyers/tenants and deliver a high level of service to our vendor/landlord clients. You will proactively manage our stock and client list, including liaising with ve...
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Sales Negotiator: ESTATE AGENCY/ CARLISLE

The Role You will work as part of the team providing customer focused service to both sales and lettings clients. You will pro-actively manage clients, suggesting suitable properties to buyers/tenants and deliver a high level of service to our vendor/landlord clients. You will proactively manage our stock and client list, including liaising with ve...
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Forest School

FOREST SCHOOL?It’s discouraging to discover that for years, I’ve been misunderstanding a well-known English saying. But maybe, just maybe, I haven’t. ...
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Consultation on Partial Review of Eden Local Plan

Eden District Council has announced that it will be undertaking a partial review of the Eden Local Plan 2014 to 2032, and it has set out some big ques...
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Making The Most Out Of Your Outside Living Area.

Who doesn’t love spending time in the great outdoors? Be it near or far, when the weather is good, there is nothing better than taking time to enjoy t...
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