Welcome to Foxes Rural Consultants.

We are the leading permitted development and planning permission experts for farmers. We have a unique guarantee of having any permitted development planning application submitted to the Local Planning Authority within 28 days of being instructed.

Foxes Rural Consultants is led by Guy French, our innovator and creator, who alongside the success of his farming businesses wanted to provide professional advice for farming and rural clients. 
Having established our own diversified farming businesses and winners of the Essex Agricultural Society President’s Award we are recognised as dynamic, energetic and enthusiastic experts in the rural practice sector, with a fresh and innovative approach to professional advice for farmers. 
We offer a unique turn key solution for achieving a planning permission on your farm from start to finish, which has been adopted from our consistent and continuous success rate with planning permissions on farms.  
The provision of professional advice where we have our own practical farm business knowledge assists in approaching projects in a dynamic way.
We therefore relate directly to farmer’s objectives and understand the dynamics of operating a farming business. Our advice provides bespoke expertise and we prepare specific quotes for each job so that there are no hidden costs to our advice. 
We pride ourselves on our professional standards and integrity which provides realistic and honest advice to our clients to help move their businesses forward and maximise their asset potential. 
We want to be as excited about your farm business as you are and would love to work with you to take your farm business forward!  Therefore, if you want to investigate your permitted development rights or need to obtain planning permission on your farm, speak to us as the leading experts. 
Meet the team

What our clients are saying

I worked with Foxes Rural relating to a planning application for our a new agricultural building and farm access.  Melanie came out to the farm to inspect in a swift manner and we achieve permission within a matter of weeks.  A very swift and efficient service where I was kept well informed during the planning process.  We also worked with Foxes Rural in respect of the change of use of agricultural buildings to commercial and they swiftly resolved issues with the planning officer which facilitated the move of the new tenant and achieved the approval within the agreed timeframe.
Andrew Fairley - Henry Fairley and Son Limited Farmer
Melanie worked with us to prepare a Class R change of use of one of our pole barns to commercial.  This was a permitted development application and Melanie came up with an innovative way of approaching the application and the change of use.  We have now completed the building which is providing diversified income for our farming enterprise.
Jeremy French - A R French & Son Farmer
I instructed Foxes Rural to undertake planning for a new farm yard and grain store on our farm.  Guy came up with the solution of applying for both of these proposals using our permitted development rights rather than full planning.  Melanie handled the preparation and submission of our application and within a matter of weeks from issuing instructions I received approvals for both proposals.  The applications were comprehensively drafted and the company had an excellent understanding of how the planning process works on farms.
Robert Chamley - J W Chamley & Son Farmer
We instructed Guy and his team to prepare a planning application for the relocation of our business to the Tendring District.  We had outgrown our previous unit and wanted to relocate to a rural location which gives us space to expand.  The planning application for the commercial change of use for an agricultural building was submitted quickly and efficiently.  The application had a number of issues that arose following its submission based on concerns from the planning officer.  Guy co-ordinated these issues very quickly and found solutions on our behalf to overcome these to enable us to have the planning consent we needed for the operation of our business.  This planning permission has enabled our business to implement rapid growth plans and there has been significant value in the permission that Foxes Rural achieved for us.
Matthew Amodio - Amobox Ltd Director

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