Enforcement action and how to avoid it.

When is development immune from enforcement action?  You may remember the case of the farmer who wrapped his house in straw bales. In 2001 Robert Fidler built a new house on greenbelt land in Surrey and hid it behind straw bales www.telegraph.co.uk. In 2006 he removed the straw bales to reveal the house that he had… Read More

Posted on September 14th, 2015 by

Is rural development going to thrive with the new plan?

More rural development set to be approved

One of many promises made by the Conservatives during the run up to the election was to encourage rural development in order to develop the rural economy. Last week George Osbourne and Liz Truss indicated they were delivering their promise in an article in the Telegraph.They have now issued their 10 point plan so Julie Branfield,… Read More

Posted on August 21st, 2015 by

What else could I do with my farm buildings?

Farm Diversification

We are often asked what else could I do with my farm buildings, particularly in recent weeks when all agricultural sectors seem to be struggling with low prices and high input costs. Alternative income streams can provide a stable income to level out the undulations of farming activity and either give extra cash to invest… Read More

Posted on July 27th, 2015 by

Agricultural Ties Removal – Continued Success

Farm succession

Carver Knowles success in removing “Agricultural ties” continues. Carver Knowles have successfully removed an Agricultural Occupancy Condition from a Worcestershire farmhouse, even though the property formed part of a working farm and was occupied by the farmer and his wife. The farmhouse formed part of a 160 acre mixed livestock and arable unit and Carver… Read More

Posted on July 10th, 2015 by

Conversions of agricultural buildings – is the permitted development clearer?

Barn conversion

It has been a year of uncertainty and frustration for farmers, planners and agents alike, as all tried to steer a course through the new Permitted Development Rights legislation that allowed the conversion of qualifying barns into dwellings. Written legislation was very brief and differed from consultation documents, making life difficult for developers and decision… Read More

Posted on April 21st, 2015 by

Do I need a valuation of my property?

Farmland valuation

Every property owner in the UK will require a valuation of their assets from time to time for a variety of reasons, not just when they are thinking about selling. Property valuations are a huge part of the work we undertake and form a major part of our training and qualifications, therefore it is always… Read More

Posted on March 17th, 2015 by

New Basic Payment Scheme is open for registration

Muddy Wellingtons

Following further updates  the online system for BPS registrations is back up and running. The RPA are drip feeding invitations out to farmers through agents, the NFU, the TFA and the CLA to prevent over subscription and the system crashing (in a similar fashion to the tax disc launch!). All farmers wishing to claim single farm… Read More

Posted on February 18th, 2015 by

Now is the right time to assess cash needs and consider restructuring debt

Farm finance

The beginning of the year is typically the time when farmers take stock of their finances – often in readiness for the annual bank manager review. Given the generally poor outlook for farm-gate prices especially in sectors such as potatoes and dairy, the task this year may not be one to be relished. However, finding… Read More

Posted on February 12th, 2015 by

Tewkesbury Planning Blueprint

Tewkesbury Borough Council unveils its Planning Blueprint for 2011 -2031 Tewkesbury Borough Council has published its draft development plan which sets out where hundreds of homes could be built in the villages surrounding the town. The Tewkesbury Borough Plan puts the meat on the bones of the development blueprint called the Joint Core Strategy which… Read More

Posted on February 10th, 2015 by

Farm diversification ideas – racehorse training yard

Stables are subject to business rates

Carver Knowles have acted on behalf of a local dairy farmer to seek planning consent for the change of use of some redundant dairy buildings into a modern racing yard, complete with warm up arena and all weather gallops. This diversification project will provide a stable income (if you excuse the pun) and a better… Read More

Posted on January 15th, 2015 by