What is a Rural Chartered Surveyor?

Rural Surveyors (or Land Agents) offer professional advice working alongside professional advisers such as accountants and solicitors.   They provide advice on Agriculture, Farm Diversification, Finance, Planning Consultancy, Strategic Development,  Property Agency, Compulsory Purchase, Taxation and Renewable Energy Projects. Becoming a Rural Practice Chartered Surveyor brings with it a challenging, yet exciting and varied work load.

Land Agents get involved in four main areas of work including;

  • Professional – including rent reviews, valuations, planning permission, tax planning, compulsory purchase and rural development
  • Agency – including property sales, acquisitions and lettings of farms, land, estates, livestock shooting rights and antiques.
  • Specialisms – including auctioneering, renewable energy advice and tourism diversification.
  • Estate Management – including managing estate property including in-hand and let farms, liaising with tenants, diversification and project management.

The rural surveyor needs to be constantly adapting to industry changes.   An in-depth understanding of topical rural issues is required in order to balance land use demands for food and conservation.

Ryan Warman is Carver Knowles newest member of the team.   He is training to become a Rural Chartered Surveyor, assisting the team with providing professional advice across Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire. Ryan is currently on his placement year,  an integral part of his degree studying Rural Enterprise and Land Management at Harper Adams University.

“Being a Land Agent is great as no two days are the same. You never know what job is just around the corner. One day I can be helping with a planning application for a new farm building, the next I can be on site assisting with the valuation of a farm for finance”.

Working at Carver Knowles gives me a great insight into the industry that is an invaluable experience. Working with the team gives me a hands on approach to a wide range of jobs covering planning consultancy, farm business advice, and landlord and tenant matters”. 

After completing his placement Ryan will return to Harper Adams to complete his degree and go onto his second year of training towards his Assessment of Professional Competence.  After 5 five years of practical and theoretical training Ryan will be able to apply for membership with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).  He then hopes to undertake further study enabling him to become a Fellow of the Association of Agricultural Valuers; providing him with a great understanding of the rural sector in order to fully advise clients.

All of our team have undertaken the same rigorous training in order to provide you with the best possible advice. If you need professional rural advice give Carver Knowles a ring to see how we can help your business.