Booming rural economy brings new team to the South West

By Anita Jaynes on 16 January, 2015

On the back of increasing demand from rural estates, farmers, landowners and businesses in the area, Rural Solutions, nationwide planning and development specialists have opened a new South West office on the Wiltshire/Gloucestershire border.  Rob Jones-Davies heads up the team, based from a previous Rural Solutions office development project, in the grounds of the Charlton Park Estate, Malmesbury.

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 commented: “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 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 associate director and head of the South West region, Rob Jones-Davies. “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.”

Rural Solutions has already been the driving force behind many interesting projects in the South West – for further information visit:

Pictured above: Rob Jones, associate director of Rural Solutions.