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

NFU conference 2015 – ‘Could we survive without Europe?’

NFU

You are invited to the annual Pershore and Upton upon Severn branch of the NFU conference which aims to provoke a debate on the question of Europe. Thursday 22nd January 2015 at 7:30pmThe Frank Parkinson CentrePershore CollegePershoreWR10 3JP Could we contemplate where we would be without it and the support that our competitors would continue to enjoy… Read More

Posted on December 23rd, 2014 by

BPS update

fields and land

With the autumn drilling season over, many farmers will have already worked through the mind-boggling array of regulations regarding what, how much and when to drill, in order to comply with the 2015 Basic Payment Scheme Greening regulations. The Carver Knowles team has assisted a number of clients plan their cropping and EFA requirements this… Read More

Posted on December 22nd, 2014 by

Positives and pitfalls of new Permitted Development rules

Malverns Hills and Church

The launch of the new permitted development rules in May 2014 appeared to pave the way for a wealth of conversions of agricultural buildings into dwellings. The scant details in the legislation and the seemingly open approach for new residential properties in the countryside appeared to be a huge positive for the rural landowner. However,… Read More

Posted on December 22nd, 2014 by

Horses and Planning Permission

horse grazing

It’s the dream of many horse owners – to own their own paddock. But how many realise that planning permission may be needed. You purchase a paddock off a local farmer intending to keep your horse on it, but the field has previously been used for grazing cattle and sheep. If you use the field… Read More

Posted on December 22nd, 2014 by

An alternative approach to removing an agricultural tie

Gate and Pasture

Carver Knowles has recently removed an agricultural occupancy condition without the need for a marketing exercise. The planning application gave the planning officers the proof they needed to show without doubt that there was no longer a need for an agricultural dwelling on the holding or in the locality and therefore enabled them to remove… Read More

Posted on December 15th, 2014 by