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Rural Development

At the national level, the Scottish Government aims to support sustainable economic growth in rural areas.

Scottish Planning Policy, which sets out national planning policies which reflect Scottish Ministers' priorities for the planning system and for the development and use of land, encourages planning authorities to take a positive approach to new development in rural areas which will allow rural businesses to flourish.  It advises that the planning system should “promote a pattern of development that is appropriate to the character of the particular rural area and the challenges it faces” and “encourage rural development that supports prosperous and sustainable communities and businesses whilst protecting and enhancing environmental quality.”  

At MFA, we provide advice to landowner clients on the best ways to approach rural development and farm diversification in order to maximise income potential.

Farm Diversification comprising of holiday accommodation & leisure facilities at Balbinny, Forfar
Farm Diversification comprising of holiday accommodation & leisure facilities at Balbinny, Forfar
Farm Diversification comprising of holiday accommodation & leisure facilities at Balbinny, Forfar
New dwellinghouse to support existing farm business within the Howe of Fife
Contemporary dwelling on the edge of a disused quarry within the countryside
Contemporary side extension to traditional stone built cottage within the Howe of Fife
Farm Diversification project at Bonerbo, Drumrack & Brunton of Balmouth Farms
Executive housing development at Beley Bridge, Dunino
New dwellinghouse within the Perthshire countryside
New purpose built veterinary clinic for Loch Leven Equine Practice Ltd at Beauford Paddock, Cleish
Conversion of listed farm steading to self catering holiday units at Priorletham Farm, St Andrews
Digestate lagoon at Newton Farm, Wormit

Planning Services

  • Development Plan representations including promotion of land interests
  • Comprehensive Pre-submission Planning Advice and Guidance
  • Preparation of Supporting Planning Statements
  • Proposal of Application Notices & organisation of consultation events
  • Planning Appeals & Local Reviews
  • Certificate of Lawfulness applications
  • Development & Planning Appraisals
  • Environmental Impact Assessment advice
  • Discharging Planning Conditions
  • Planning Enforcement Advice
  • Caravan Site Licence applications
  • Project Co-ordination & Management
  • Listed Building & Conservation Area Consent applications
  • Preparation of Design & Access Statements
  • Modification & Discharge of Planning Obligations
  • Preparation & submission of planning & other statutory applications

Architecture and Town Planning Services


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