Planning & Development


Lizzie Burton has dealt with a wide range of planning applications and appraisals, successfully securing planning permission for new agricultural and equine workers dwellings, lifting agricultural ties from residential properties, new agricultural buildings, conversion of agricultural buildings to offices and residential use and gaining certificates of lawful use for properties either without or in breach of existing planning permissions.

Planning is not just about the local authority planning system. At West Country Rural we will consider and advise you on the implications of your goal which may include taxation, landlord and tenant complications, environmental considerations or impact on your Basic Payment Scheme claim to make you aware of the facts before you proceed.

If you would like an appraisal of your options or to discuss an existing application then please do not hesitate to get in touch.


The ever worsening housing shortage has given rise to large scale residential developments mushrooming across the landscape. If you are in the fortunate position to own a block of ground that falls within a target area then it may be that you have an opportunity to engage with the development process.

If you believe that you have an opportunity, or if you are approached by a developer or interested party then you may benefit from some assistance with preparing yourself for the next step. West Country Rural can assist you with considering any opportunities that you feel may exist and advising on how to take the project forwards.

We can negotiate terms for new option agreements or variations of existing agreements, introduce you to potential joint venture partners or simply advise you on what steps you should take next. We have many contacts and can pair you with the right specialists for you who will ensure you have the correct tax vehicle in place and that you are protected by legal framework whilst we consider with you the practical implications of the proposed scheme.