Rural development
and diversification

Breathing life and value into rural places and spaces

Imagine working with a specialist Rural Development and Diversification (RDD) team able to take your rural development or diversification project from inception to completion.

Bidwells' RDD team is unique in that we have the true expertise, experience and skills to create, plan and implement a full range of RDD projects. Our team includes specialist RDD consultants, architects, planners and building surveyors (and many more), who have worked together in this specialist field for many years and on hundreds of successful projects.

For our RDD specialists, most rural buildings present a clear opportunity with a broad range of options. Our RDD team has direct experience of delivering these options, and of identifying options that have not previously been considered.  

How we can help with Rural Development and Diversification (RDD):

Heritage and listed property
  • Finding options for unviable property

  • Turning liabilities into income-generating assets
Brownfield sites and mixed (age) farmsteads
  • Redevelopment of sites

  • Relocation of farmsteads

  • Barn conversions

  • Change of use (Permitted Development rights), e.g. agricultural to residential, or commercial to residential

  • Sensitive new build in conservation areas, close to heritage assets

  • Gaining planning contrary to policy, for viability reasons (Enabling Development)

  • Opportunistic or development plan-led extensions/infill to villages and towns

  • Retirement and care homes or villages

  • New distinctive country houses

  • Office developments

  • Rural and market town or village retail developments

  • Farm shops

  • Garden Centres and associated retail

  • Industrial and storage facilities

  • Nursery and school developments

  • Medical and veterinary uses

  • Food and beverage facilities

Leisure and tourism
  • Visitor attractions

  • Special events

  • Corporate hospitality

  • Leisure infrastructure

  • Sporting events

  • Concerts

  • 'Glamping' projects

  • Holiday lets and lodges

  • Weddings and corporate events

Ralph Peters

Partner, Head of Estate Management and Professional


Cath Crowther

Partner, Rural

Cambridge – Head Office

Fiona Jaques

Partner, Rural


Louise Newton

Rural Surveyor

Cambridge – Head Office

Alice Hare

Senior Rural Surveyor


John Coates

Associate, Rural


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