News, information and updates


Have you applied for Small Business Rate Relief?

From the 1st April 2017, changes to Small Business Rate Relief have meant properties with a rateable value of £12,000 or less should be paying no business rates at all.   The emphasis is on the ratepayer to apply for the relief with only one application required that will last for the entire life of […]

Posted on September 19th, 2018 by

Exceptional weather allows for agreement adjustments

With the unusually hot and dry weather conditions, Natural England and the Rural Payments Agency have made adjustments to some options for those farmers who have experienced difficulties. These include issues with failed establishments for Wild Bird Food Plots, Catch Crops and the capacity to allow grazing where there may be a fodder shortage. The […]

Posted on September 18th, 2018 by

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