SH Newsletter January 2021 WEB - Flipbook - Page 6
NEW RURAL INCOME OPPORTUNITIES
IN THE ‘NEW NORMAL’
Has there ever been a better time for owners of land and/or buildings in rural areas to consider
the potential benefits of diversification or expanding existing diversified enterprises?
• A shortage of staycation capacity was already apparent before the surge of recent interest and seems likely to be
sustained in the future, as people come to terms with the ‘New Normal’ and cancellation risks with booking overseas.
• Coping with lockdown has been harder for those living in apartments and larger urban areas and has spurred
demand for housing in more rural areas with gardens and providing access to the countryside.
• Planning authorities (including those covering National Park) are seeking to positively support economic development
in rural areas to sustain jobs and communities.
• Public interest and support for local produce and craft products continues to grow as does demand for a variety of
more adventurous recreational activities and general interest in the environment.
• Support for renewable energy development and reduced costs of installation.
As experts in land use planning, Stephenson Halliday provide positive advice that helps to minimise the
risks of land and building development. Our mix of Planning and Landscape expertise provides the right
combination of skills to secure the necessary consents and approvals for new or expanded diversification that
is in keeping with the attractive rural setting that can be key to success of the specific opportunity.