Rural Development

Ogilvy Chalmers sits in the middle – advocating appropriate development and making projects happen. We appear aligned with the Scottish Government which aims “to encourage rural development that supports prosperous and sustainable communities and businesses, whilst protecting and enhancing environmental quality”.

We seek to get involved in policy making both at national level through the RICS and locally with East Lothian Council on planning and economic development. In particular, we have sought to raise the profile of the rural community and its contribution – potential or otherwise – to the local economy. Much of this work has been encapsulated in the ongoing Rural Voice initiative.

As the case studies reveal, we deal from small-holdings upwards, including more challenging, long term projects.

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”     Winston Churchill

The amount of time taken to achieve results is frequently the result of processes outwith our control; oftentimes we deal in decades not years. We are close to the market and in touch with developers as well as planners of many persuasions. When clients also seek to create something of beauty – we are doubly pleased.

“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.”     C. S. Lewis

Case Studies