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Farm Diversification

Farm diversification and planning…  Join us on 10th February at Ledbury Rugby Club Have you ever wondered: How to make more money out of existing buildings? Is planning needed to diversify? Who’s the best to borrow from for diversification projects? How a new non farming business project should be structured? Is now a good time to sort out […]

Posted on January 28th, 2016 by

Changes to Government guidance of Permitted Barn Conversions

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The change of use of agricultural buildings to residential use is permitted under Class Q of the General Permitted Development (England) Order 2015.  The updated Class Q permitted development right, as published on 15th April 2015, allow development consisting of— (a) a change of use of a building and any land within its curtilage from […]

Posted on January 13th, 2016 by

New Year, New Appointment for Carver Knowles

Worcestershire based Chartered Surveyors, Carver Knowles have appointed Planning consultant Simon Rowles as their newest recruit to their expanding planning consultancy team. Simon joins us from Malvern Hills District Council Planning Services and brings with him a depth of experience and knowledge in town and country planning and has a focused interest in the Three […]

Posted on January 4th, 2016 by

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

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Posted on December 4th, 2015 by

Time to remove holiday occupancy conditions from barn conversions?

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Posted on October 19th, 2015 by

Housing development on my land – what are the options?

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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 […]

Posted on October 12th, 2015 by