How safe is your farm borrowing?

Farm finance

De-risk your borrowing when in a strong financial position. When talking to a lender about borrowing its always easier to negotiate from a strong position rather than when under financial pressure. Andrew Troughton looks at some areas where we have been helping farmers reduce risk and reduce annual costs: Review all borrowing – restructure overdraft and… Read More

Posted on July 28th, 2017 by

I WANT TO SELL SOME OF MY PROPERTY – WHAT SHOULD I DO?

The New Year is here and Spring is just around the corner (hopefully?!). Spring is often the best time to look at selling property whether it is bare land, a development opportunity or a residential property as it often looks its best due to the improving weather and the budding fauna and flora. So if… Read More

Posted on January 9th, 2017 by

Spring news from Carver Knowles

Landmark News

For all the latest news and views from Carver Knowles this Spring, please take a look at our Landmark newsletter.   This edition gives the highlights from our Ledbury Farm Diversification Event, discussion of the latest nuances in the planning system,  as well as how to deal with a planning refusal, a summary of our… Read More

Posted on March 22nd, 2016 by

Planning Appeals – What are my chances?

Planning appeals

With the recent recruitment of Planning Consultant, Simon Rowles, to the Planning team at Carver Knowles, and in light of recent planning appeals  in the Three Counties area, there is an opportunity to review any planning decisions you have received within the last 6 months. The following are brief summaries of recent appeal decisions that… Read More

Posted on February 29th, 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… Read More

Posted on January 4th, 2016 by

Time to remove holiday occupancy conditions from barn conversions?

Holiday occupancy condition

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… Read More

Posted on November 13th, 2015 by

How to use your SSAS pension to take control of your existing pension pot, save tax and buy land

In this blog Andrew Troughton of Carver Knowles, Chartered Surveyors and Land Agents in Worcestershire explains all: Disclaimer 1 – This article is not about Pension Auto Enrollment, but looks at how farmers can use SSAS Pensions (Small Self-Administered pension Schemes) to take control of, and better use their pensions. Disclaimer 2 – We are Land… Read More

Posted on September 11th, 2015 by