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Barns with residential consent for sale in Abbots Lench, Worcestershire

Carver Knowles are delighted to be offering to the market two agricultural barns in Abbots Lench which each benefit from consent to be converted into delightful family homes. The barns are located within the centre of the village, just off an attractive triangle of green enjoying a rural location with fine views to the east […]

Posted on February 22nd, 2019 by

What Agricultural Grants are available in 2019?

Claas tractor

2018 was an extremely popular year for agricultural and rural grants with Carver Knowles securing over £500,000 worth of funding for local farmers and businesses. The majority of these grants such as LEADER and the Rural Development Programme grants were funded with European money and the schemes have now started to close to new applications. […]

Posted on February 1st, 2019 by

For Sale – Pasture, Woodland and Battery Site at Badsey Lane, Willersey

Carver Knowles are delighted to offer for sale 28.23 ha (69.75 acres) of pasture and woodland at Badsey Lane, Willersey in the county of Worcestershire. The land is comprised of approximately 20.62 ha (50.93 acres) of Grade 3 pasture land, 7.00 ha (17.29 acres) of Poplar woodland, a 0.60 ha (1.5 acre) pond and a […]

Posted on January 30th, 2019 by

What do I need to do if I am facing Enforcement Action?

More rural development set to be approved

Planning enforcement Planning enforcement is a procedure undertaken by Local Authorities where development has occurred without the correct planning permission. Once a notice of planning enforcement is served by the Local Authority the land owner has a limited amount of time to comply. Compliance can involve removing the structure or ceasing a use. Failure to […]

Posted on February 18th, 2019 by

Do I need planning permission for my equine development?

When it comes to horses the question of whether planning consent is required or not can become confusing. Most people are unsure what their permitted development rights are and what they may or may not need planning for. Change of use Horses can be grazed on agricultural land as long as they are not being […]

Posted on January 28th, 2019 by

How to be a Farmer and Park Keeper – The Pershore Conference 2019

Once again the team at Upton and Pershore NFU organised an excellent panel to discuss ‘How to be a Farmer and Park Keeper’ providing advice to the audience on making the best of opportunities to develop your rural business. The conference was attended by over 150 local farmers and rural professionals. The first speaker of […]

Posted on January 25th, 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

Planning permission for new equine facilities

Stables are subject to business rates

Planning permission is typically not at the top of any horse owners list of priorities unless perhaps you are looking into building new facilities. Proposals to create permanent equine facilities where you are physically building on or altering the land will obviously always need planning permission, but the use of land for grazing horses and […]

Posted on December 19th, 2018 by

Ongoing Planning Success

Barns for sale

Over the past few months we have had a great number of planning successes across Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire. These cover a wide range of areas, including: Class Q permitted developments Agricultural Occupancy Condition removals New agricultural workers dwellings Barn conversions Stables Gallops New access tracks Caravan sites Retrospective change of use Class Q Earlier […]

Posted on December 14th, 2018 by

Call for Housing Sites

The Joint Core Strategy (JCS) is the strategic development plan between Gloucester City Council, Cheltenham Borough Council and Tewkesbury Borough Council. It sets out the land allocated for housing and employment for the period of 2011 – 2031. The JCS have published an ‘Issues and Options’ consultation. This consultation will review a number of key […]

Posted on December 7th, 2018 by