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Countryside Stewardship Scheme Update

Preserve your farm business in uncertain times

The new Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) is about to be formally launched by Natural England (NE) with applications invited for the Mid and Higher Tiers between the 1st July and 30th September with agreements starting from 1st January 2016. The scheme boosts some 130 management options and 110 capital items to chose from many of which… Read More

Posted on June 23rd, 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

BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME (BPS) UPDATE

Following the announcement that the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) will now be done using paper forms rather than the Rural Payments System and that the deadline is now the 15th June, we now have a different timeline of actions that need to be taken. We have summarised the key issues and when they need to be… Read More

Posted on March 23rd, 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

Countryside Productivity Scheme Open!

Farm finance

The new £5m Countryside Productivity Scheme was launched on the 9th March 2015.   The scheme offers funding for up to 40% of the capital costs of a variety of equipment and applications must be for between £2,500 – £35,000 (Small Grant) or £35,000 – £100,000 (Large Grant) of grant funding depending on the equipment… Read More

Posted on March 9th, 2015 by

Environmental Grants Update

Whilst the main Countryside Stewardship Scheme will not begin until 1st January 2016, some more targeted grants are currently in the process of being released. Applications are now invited for the following: Woodland Capital Grants – Application Window: NOW until 30th June Applications are currently invited for: Woodland Creation Woodland Management Plans (in preparation for other… Read More

Posted on February 26th, 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

Have farmland values reached their peak?

Worcestershire and Gloucestershire farmland achieves sale prices well over guide.

Over the last couple of years you will have seen headlines in the press saying that farmland is a better investment than gold. Returns on land have been excellent, with prices rising by a further 12% last year, as outlined by the RICS Farmland Market Survey. Questions are being asked about how long it can be… Read More

Posted on February 16th, 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

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