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What do we know about farm subsidies post Brexit?

The Agriculture Bill was published last week and now gives a clear idea of what the post Brexit policy will be in regards to the future subsidy regime and environmental schemes. In summary the Basic Payment will be phased out completely by 2028 and will be subject to reductions in payments in the interim periods. […]

Posted on September 17th, 2018 by

Woodland Creation Grant Now Open

Natural England has re-launched the very successful Woodland Creation Grant. This provides funding for planting of woodlands, associated protection items and infrastructure to assist its establishments. If the application is successful you will have two years to purchase and plant/install the capital items. Some of the more popular items include: Tree planting (£1.28/tree) Fencing (£4/m) […]

Posted on September 13th, 2018 by

Wonderful weekend at Deerhurst Flower Festival

Carver Knowles were delighted to support the Deerhurst Flower Festival over the August bank holiday weekend. In celebration of our 20th year we have been supporting a range of local events and activities in our ’20 for 20’ mission.   The Deerhurst Flower Festival takes place every other year and sees The Priory Church of […]

Posted on August 28th, 2018 by

Class Q Update

  This year an amendment to the General Permitted Development Order 2018 came into effect, making significant changes to Class Q rules. Class Q allows the conversion of agricultural buildings to dwelling houses. These changes have allowed an increase in the number of dwellings and the potential floor space, giving landowners greater potential for conversion […]

Posted on August 23rd, 2018 by

The Small Productivity Grant

Farm finance for dairy farmers

The Small Productivity Grant was extremely popular with many farmers in Wales and England on the last round. The grant paid 40% of the standard item price up to £12,000, therefore no quotes or additional information was required. Items include Cattle and sheep handling equipment GPS and field mapping Slurry Application Direct Drills EID readers […]

Posted on August 15th, 2018 by

Last call for LEADER Grants

Claas Tractor

Over the last 18 months Carver Knowles has been involved in helping farmers to secure over £260,000 worth of LEADER Grant funding for a range of agricultural equipment and diversification including: Direct Drills GPS and Auto Steer Cattle Handling Equipment Automatic Palletiser Slurry Sand Separator Shepherd Huts Equine Facilities Barn conversion for diversification purposes LEADER […]

Posted on August 15th, 2018 by

For Sale – Woodland and Pasture at Starveall Lane, Pamington

Carver Knowles are delighted to offer for sale 38.91 acres of woodland and pasture at Starveall Lane, Pamington, Tewkesbury. The land is comprised of 26.73 acres of woodland and 12.18 acres of pasture. The woodland has great amenity potential with large rides and areas of open space. It was planted in the winter of 2003 […]

Posted on August 15th, 2018 by

2018 NPPF boosts support for agriculturally tied houses

When it comes to rural housing, planning policy has very little support for new isolated dwellings in the countryside unless particular circumstances apply. For farmers, the route for securing permission for a new on-farm dwelling will depend on being able to justify the essential need for a rural worker to live permanently at or near […]

Posted on July 30th, 2018 by

Should I get planning before sale?

There are many opportunities to add value prior to any sale of rural property with obtaining planning permission being one of the most obvious. For rural properties with obvious planning potential, getting planning permission prior to offering the property to the market can widen the number of potential purchasers.   For barns in particular, potential […]

Posted on July 19th, 2018 by

Business Rates – what are they and why am I paying them?

Business rates as they are commonly referred to are actually called Non-Domestic Rates and therefore can apply to any property classed as non-domestic whether used privately or as part of a business. They are a form of local taxation which are collected by the local council to help pay for local services.   Your rating […]

Posted on July 10th, 2018 by