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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, […]

Posted on August 21st, 2015 by

Do the changes to the new Model Clauses affect you?

The New Model Clauses for England come into force on 1st October 2015 which alter the liability for the maintenance, repair, replacement and insurance of fixed equipment between landlord and tenant where tenancies are governed by the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986. The Model Clauses apply to all agricultural tenancies governed by the AHA, save for […]

Posted on August 17th, 2015 by

Countryside Stewardship Scheme – The Devil is in the Detail

Following on from the launch of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) last month we are now able to see how the application process works in terms of physical paperwork and also get to grips with some of the lesser known compulsory scheme requirements. On the face of it, the Mid-Tier application paperwork is very similar […]

Posted on August 13th, 2015 by

Arable land to let near Evesham, Worcestershire

Approximately 76.5 acres (30.96 ha) of arable land in 7 field parcels situated off the A46 near Ashton Under Hill, Evesham TENANCY DETAILS The land is offered to let on a ten year Farm Business Tenancy commencing from 29th September 2015. Further details in regards to the proposed tenancy agreement can be found in the […]

Posted on August 5th, 2015 by

What new grants are available to farmers and rural businesses?

Growth program for the rural economy providing grants to small rural businesses. What is the growth programme? In a nutshell, it provides funding to help projects in England which create jobs and help rural economy growth.  The grants are funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).  The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) manages […]

Posted on July 30th, 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 […]

Posted on July 27th, 2015 by

Inheritance Tax Relief for Farmers

Andrew Troughton, Director of Carver Knowles considers how the Budget announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 8th July, may affect farmers and landowners. One of the main points revealed in the budget were the changes to Inheritance Tax.   The measures announced will introduce an additional nil-rate band when a residence is passed on […]

Posted on July 13th, 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 […]

Posted on July 10th, 2015 by

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 […]

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 […]

Posted on April 21st, 2015 by