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

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

Job Opportunity – Rural Surveyor/Graduate Surveyor

Job Opportunity

Carver Knowles are seeking an enthusiastic graduate/rural surveyor to join us.   We are an independent firm of Land Agents, Surveyors and Valuers covering Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire. Our clients range from large property owning organisations to family farms across the three counties.  The job will cover all aspects of our professional services including rural […]

Posted on September 28th, 2017 by

Tenancy succession in agriculture

  A recent study by our Professional body, the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers, has confirmed that activity in the tenancy sector is considerably less than it used to be. In 2002 the number of tenanted transactions were 2565 compared to 892 in 2016.   2002 was the last year unaffected by the CAP reform, which […]

Posted on September 21st, 2017 by

Grant funding – Which grant will suit my project?

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Do you have a project in mind but not sure what funding is available? The pathway to grant funding is often a bit of a minefield with different schemes for different projects with a range of criteria and deadline dates. If you have a project in mind and would like to know if it is […]

Posted on September 14th, 2017 by

COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE LEVY (“CIL”) – DOES IT APPLY TO YOUR NEW DEVELOPMENT

Further to our previous blog post on 6th January 2017 “Community Infrastructure Levy – what is it and how does it apply?”, the South Worcestershire Councils have now formally adopted their CIL charging schedules. This therefore means that many forms of development are now liable to additional charges should planning permission be granted. The levy […]

Posted on August 9th, 2017 by

HOUSING DEVELOPMENT: SUSTAINABILITY IS KEY

Understanding site sustainability

A lot has changed in the planning world over the last 5 years but when it comes to promoting a suitable development site for housing, sustainability is still key. A housing site must be in a sustainable location the requirements for sustainability cannot be met through building design and the use of renewable energy alone. […]

Posted on June 1st, 2017 by

Barns at Brookfields Farm for Sale

Carver Knowles are delighted to offer for sale a range of modern and traditional barns at Brookfields Farm, Ab Lench. Modern and traditional barns With planning consent to create 3 homes Peaceful, rural setting in The Lenches Planning consents from Wychavon District Council 16/02054/CU and 16/02125/GPDQ The barns offer an exciting opportunity for developers to […]

Posted on February 5th, 2017 by

Planning to Expand your Business?

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How to get the Local Planning Authority on Board. With planning policy and controls becoming increasingly stringent, many local business are put off by the idea of large scale development or even redevelopment of their sites. Whilst we are under no illusions that the time and costs of large scale planning can be considerable, it […]

Posted on December 8th, 2016 by

What else could I do with my farm buildings?

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What else could I do with my farm buildings? We are often asked what else could I do with my farm buildings, particularly in recent months 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 […]

Posted on October 28th, 2016 by