New Year’s Eve is always a time for people to reflect on the year that has past and plan for the year to come and this is never more the case than this year.  It has been a very difficult and challenging year for so many people and businesses and we all hope for a better 2021. 

The New Year is also always an important time for RCC as it is the time that Richard Cosker left his job as a Team Leader in Wiltshire Council and started RCC Town Planning Consultancy and this year is the 10th anniversary of doing this.  As with anyone setting up their own business it is a huge step to take with lots challenges and also lots of risk.  RCC has grown to where it is today due to the hard work and dedication of all involved but importantly we have grown as we have built up an excellent reputation for the quality of our service and many of our clients come to us through recommendations.

It has been a hugely enjoyable ten years where we have got to work on such a wide variety of planning projects including residential, commercial, equestrian and agricultural proposals of all different sizes.  We have also worked with such a variety of clients and we are always genuinely delighted to have achieved a successful outcome for our clients.

During the ten years we have also worked on many projects that have come about due to Government initiatives and new national planning legislation, including solar developments and permitted development rights introduced for office to residential conversions and agricultural to residential conversions.  This year has seen a raft of new permitted development rights being introduced so we are expecting further work to be generated by these changes.

It is interesting that, over the years, these permitted development right changes have all been announced as a simplifying and speeding up the planning process.  However, in our experience this has not always been the case as the legislation and accompanying guidance has been complicated and open to interpretation and this has led to very careful scrutiny by local planning authorities.  This has further resulted in decisions being challenged at appeal and in the courts.

As stated earlier, we all hope for a better 2021, and RCC are certainly looking forward to the year ahead and many more years after that.  We already have lots of exciting projects in the pipeline for this year but do get in touch if you have a proposal we can help you with and we would delighted to discuss it with you.