Our experts specialise in guiding clients through the planning process for their agricultural and rural projects.

Delivering on your Agricultural project.

These services include site appraisals to identify development opportunity through to a comprehensive consultancy service to prepare, submit and manage any rural planning project.

So whether you are seeking to convert an existing barn, or expand or diversify your rural business, Base are able to assist.

Our Agricultural services include

Barn Conversions

At Base Planning Consultants, we have extensive experience working with clients who are interested in converting barns into homes or other functional spaces. Barn conversions can present unique challenges and often require careful consideration of planning regulations and design requirements. Our team of planning experts can help turn your barn conversion project into a successful and rewarding venture.

Extensions & New Buildings

Whether you require planning for small individual buildings such as farm workshops or machinery storage or larger barns for livestock, our expertise can help ensure a successful outcome for your rural enterprise.

Rural and Agricultural Sites

Rural sites require a thorough understanding of planning policies, agricultural practices, and environmental considerations. Our team of planning experts has extensive experience in this field and can provide valuable guidance on everything from assessing the suitability of a site for a specific use to identifying potential risks and opportunities associated with development.

Farm Facilities

Our planning experts can provide advice and guidance on agricultural development, with an understanding of relevant policies and legislation to help expand your rural business.

The process of getting planning for your project



Establishing a clear picture of the site from a planning perspective is essential in order to make informed decisions about the development of the area. This includes highlighting and understanding relevant designations, constraints, and other material factors that may affect the project.

Once this information has been gathered, a full planning strategy can be developed, identifying options and associated risks. This approach allows for a comprehensive understanding of the site, enabling the identification of potential challenges and opportunities, and the development of a proposal that takes into account all relevant factors.



Before starting the application process, it is important to review the validation requirements for the specific application type and anticipate any concerns or requests from the local authority. This will ensure that all necessary documentation and information is gathered in advance, reducing the risk of delays or rejection.

Additionally, it is important to identify and coordinate any specialist consultants that may be required for the application, such as ecologists, transport consultants or flood risk specialists, and allocate their role in the process. Finally, it is crucial to confirm and address all relevant development plan policies to ensure compliance with local regulations and increase the chances of a successful outcome.



The process of submitting an application requires careful attention to detail. This includes compiling and reviewing all necessary documents for submission, including the completion of all forms and notices. Once the application has been submitted, it is important to monitor the progress, including responding to any comments from neighbours and consultees.

This also includes liaison with the local authority, negotiating with the local authority in an effort to achieve an agreeable scheme, representing the client’s best interest. It may also be necessary to attend and speak at the planning committee on the clients behalf, if required.



The role of a planning consultant is to guide the process to a formal determination. This includes analysing the relevant regulations and policies, gathering necessary documentation, and presenting the proposal in the most favourable light possible.

The consultant will work closely with the local authority and other stakeholders to ensure that the proposal is in compliance with all relevant considerations and that any concerns are addressed. Ultimately, the consultant will assist the client in navigating the complex decision-making process and in achieving a successful outcome.


Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to get a decision on an application?

Most planning applications are decided within eight weeks, unless they are unusually large or complex in which case the time limit is extended to 12 weeks. During this period there will be a period of approximately 4 weeks where any immediate neighbours will be notified about your application and given the opportunity to comment. While neighbours are consulted and invited to comment, together with parish councils (in England and Wales), only objections based on material considerations should be taken into account. It is often a good idea to speak with any neighbours before they are notified of your application to reassure them and deal with any concerns before they might object. If there are objections or the application is called into a committee by one of the local councillors, then the decision will be made by a majority vote by the local planning committee. At the planning meeting, you or your agent will be given an opportunity to address the planning committee, but this time is limited to a maximum of three minutes.

How much does a planning consultants services cost?

The cost of a planning consultants services can vary depending on the scope and complexity of the project, as well as the level of expertise and experience of the consultant. It is important to get a detailed quote and understand the planning strategy and corresponding fee structure before confirming instruction.

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