Can a new right of way over my land be prevented?

right of way

Landowners and farmers can see permissive paths turning into public rights way where there has been uninterrupted use on that route for at least 20 years. Rest assured that farmers and landowners can protect their land against claims if they can show that they did not intend such rights to be acquired. This can include… Read More

Posted on December 21st, 2015 by

What is a Local Authority Search?

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Buying property, be it a house, flat, pony paddock, block of agricultural land or building plot is a major undertaking.  It is probably the single most expensive investment you will ever make. It is essential that you know everything you possibly can about the property you are taking on and are aware of any factors… Read More

Posted on December 9th, 2015 by

GRANT UPDATE – LAUNCH OF THE LEADER PROGRAMME

In the past few days the LEADER programme has been launched by a number of Local Action Groups (LAGs). The LAGs broadly cover the same areas as the local councils and in our area the LEADER programme has been launched by:   Worcestershire (Wychavon, Malvern Hills etc) (£1.96m available) Forest of Dean and Tewkesbury (£1.447m… Read More

Posted on December 4th, 2015 by

Time to remove holiday occupancy conditions from barn conversions?

Holiday occupancy condition

During the 1980’s and 1990’s there were excellent grants around for converting barns to holiday cottages as a method of farm diversification. Planning laws also encouraged the re-use of barns for tourism enterprises as well so many barns were converted across England. If this was you and you have been managing a single holiday cottage… Read More

Posted on November 13th, 2015 by

Enforcement Action, time limits & planning conditions

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Last month we looked at the time limits for Enforcement Action. This time Julie Branfield looks in more detail at those time limits and specifically how they relate to planning conditions and in particular Agricultural Occupancy Conditions. What we discovered last time was that there are time limits for council taking enforcement action against breaches of… Read More

Posted on October 21st, 2015 by

How to promote development land in the Forest of Dean District

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The Forest of Dean District Council has to ensure they maintain enough land to provide a 5 year housing supply. To achieve this they annually undertake a call for new sites through their SHLAA (Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment). In this article Andrew Troughton explains how the council promote development land in the Forest of… Read More

Posted on October 19th, 2015 by

Housing development on my land – what are the options?

building development

As some Local Authorities start to get their houses in order with regard to their local plan policy we take a look at the opportunities that still exist for housing development. Allocated development If your property has been allocated for development in any of the emerging local strategies and plans, the chances are you already… Read More

Posted on October 12th, 2015 by

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