Free planning workshops

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FREE workshops to help farmers and rural businesses navigate the complexities of the planning system are being organised in the East Riding.

Growing Routes, a programme of help for rural businesses run by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, and the Economic Development Team at the East Riding Council have organised the workshops for Tuesday April 12 at Market Weighton and Wednesday April 13 at Tickton.

George Hamilton, programme director for Growing Routes said: “Our aim is to bring together the planners and rural businesses so each has a better understanding of each other’s views.

“Farmers and those who work in the countryside have many opportunities to develop new and exciting business ideas, but the challenge of getting planning approval from their local authority often stops them in their tracks.

“Rural communities need to remain vibrant to survive but the planning system is often seen as complicated, expensive and likely to halt the new venture rather than encourage it.

“Alternatively, the local authority has to work within a vast and complex range of regulations and must ensure that the many interests are covered including the public, the environment, neighbours, future generations as well as the applicant,” said Mr Hamilton.

“A better understanding of both sides of the system should speed up the process and lead to more successful applications, greater rural prosperity and a reduction in stress all round,” he added.

Planners from East Riding Council will participate in the workshops to find out more about the issues currently facing farms and rural businesses.

The keynote speaker is independent planning expert, Harvey Pritchard, from Rural Development Network.

Harvey is a well known authority on rural planning and farm development having worked in both local authority planning and private planning consultancy.

He was also a key member of the Yorkshire Planning Aid project and is Senior Lecturer in Rural Planning at Leeds Met University. For more info contact Cheryl Thomas of Growing Routes on 01423 546227 or email