Rural Planning

Whether you have a particular planning problem, need to find out how the planning system can affect you or want to defend your rights over your land – you should be a member of the CLA. The CLA has played a major role in ensuring that small-scale rural developments get proper consideration. This could open opportunities to previously closed projects or plans and it is even more important that you do not lose out.

Do you have a current planning problem?

Many landowners join the CLA to ask for impartial professional advice, to clarify where the law or policy stands and to prevent expensive and often unnecessary civil actions. Common areas of concern include:

  • planning process;
  • planning permission;
  • planning policy (national or local);
  • land use and diversification;
  • new or redundant farm buildings;
  • holiday cottages;
  • renewable energy;
  • redundant farm buildings;
  • diversification;
  • affordable housing.


Free advice for members

Planning is a complex issue and the regulations, policy and guidance are subject to frequent change. If you become a member you will receive free, independent advice – advice which is aimed at achieving the early and successful resolution of your problem and which normally far outweighs the cost of membership.

CLA’s in-house team advises on planning, land use, legal and tax matters and our advisers are experts in their field; in addition, there are surveyors and regional advisers throughout the regions to help you at local level.

As well as the advice CLA members can access, our members – whether they own a single acre or a thousand – benefit from our continuous work to change the law and reduce red tape.

The planning system represents a major hurdle to overcome and the CLA is at the forefront in lobbying for reform that will facilitate rather than frustrate.

Protecting your best interests

The CLA is the only organisation working to influence Government solely on behalf of owners of rural land, property and business. There are many other organisations spending millions on lobbying to pursue their own agendas and all landowners, from the smallest acreage to the largest estate, need to act together vigorously to defend our interests. Nobody is doing more than the CLA to manage the impact on the value of land – both in the short and long term.

Anyone who owns rural land will benefit from joining the CLA

We are effective at influencing decision makers at EU, national and local levels including ensuring that planning recognises the importance of rural business and housing. The recent changes made by Government are welcome but there remains more to achieve. As a CLA member you can add your voice. In addition, you can receive advice and support that will help protect and enhance your assets.

Whatever the value of your rural land, business and property interests, the CLA subscription represents only a fraction of its true value and is your best insurance for the future.