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Rob Jones-Davies of Rural Solutions

Rural Solutions opens new South West bureau in Malmesbury

Nationwide rural planning and development specialists Rural Solutions have opened a new South West office near Malmesbury, to meet increasing demand from rural estates, farmers, landowners and businesses in the area.

The team will be headed by Rob Jones-Davies and will operate in the grounds of the Charlton Park Estate, at Crudwell.

With a head office in Skipton, North Yorkshire, as well as offices in Essex and Northumberland, the last few years have seen terrific growth for the business that specialises in rural planning, development and business diversification, despite the wider tough economic climate.

“It’s time government and the public in general realised the huge potential that the rural economy has in satisfying the changes in working and lifestyle ambitions of more and more people,” said William Fry, managing director of Rural Solutions.

“Understanding the opportunities that exist in the rural environment over and above traditional uses and helping our clients maximise those opportunities is our ‘raison d’etre’. Our client base in the South West has grown substantially in the last few years and this expansion is a direct response to that growth.”

Nicholas Johnston of The Great Tew Estate said: “Rural Solutions approach to rural planning and economic development is entrepreneurial and a genuine force for good in terms of rural economic growth. However, it is born from a deep understanding and sensitivity towards rural issues and takes a long term view.”

The most recent recruit to the team is Joe Seymour, who joins the company from Cotswold District Council and brings a strong and current knowledge of working in a Council planning environment and will support and strengthen the core planning team.

“Rural Solutions has a tendency to zig when others zag,” said Rob. “We work hard to understand and identify where real opportunities lie. Recommendations are made on evidential fact rather than fashion. This approach ensures that delivered projects have a sustainable future that not only satisfies our client’s ambitions but benefits the wider rural economy as well.”