Uncertain times…but not for farming?

Whilst our future relationship with Europe is uncertain, we are certain that the Basic Farm Payment will be gone in 6 years. To many this is a critical part of their farm income and replacing it will be a challenge. Whilst there will be a new environmental scheme to replace the Basic Payment Scheme, the […]

Posted on July 10th, 2019 by

Financing building projects – the agricultural way!

Why are farmers best placed to borrow for build projects? Project finance in the commercial development sector is often difficult and costly, with annual interest rates well over 10% and strict requirements placed on the borrower. However, farmers are in a unique position of strength when it comes to borrowing for developments and building projects. […]

Posted on January 2nd, 2019 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

Land at Shurdington, Cheltenham

DESCRIPTION The property extends to approximately 136 acres (55.21 ha) of pasture in 10 field parcels and can be accessed via Leckhampton Lane just off the A46. The land is classified as Grade 4. AGREEMENT DETAILS The land is offered on a summer grazing agreement commencing 18th May 2018 until the 30th September 2018. CROPPING […]

Posted on May 4th, 2018 by

Why improve the farm business balance sheet?

  As AMC Agents we often wonder why the property valuation in the balance sheet is so out of date and generally very low.  Historically the reason has come down to the cost of constantly updating it as land values have increased year on year. However now that we are seeing more stable property prices […]

Posted on September 25th, 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

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 […]

Posted on July 28th, 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

**Best and Final offers invited by 12 Noon Wednesday 5th July 2017** for Snow Capel Farm

  Snow Capel Farm is back on the market and provides a rare residential development opportunity. The property is comprised of three distinct parts and is offered for sale with immediate effect subject to contract. The property is available as a whole or in separate lots. Lot 1 – The Farmhouse: A dilapidated brick farmhouse […]

Posted on May 25th, 2017 by

Brexit:  Where do the opportunities lie?

British resilience

For or against, most people have a view on Brexit and whether it’s going to be good bad or just ugly. There are some key areas farmers and rural business owners need to consider over the next 12-18 months to make sure their business is well placed and as strong as possible as we enter […]

Posted on May 16th, 2017 by