Permitted Development Rights

Posted by on Mar 20, 2018 in Professional Services, Uncategorised | Comments Off on Permitted Development Rights

On the 12th March the housing minister announced further changes to the Permitted Development Rights (PDR) that affect farmers.   Under the current Part Q regulations the conversion of agricultural buildings to residential is limited to a maximum of 3 units and a cumulative total of 465sqm. From 6 April 2018 this will be relaxed to allow up to 5 units to be built. There can be no more than 3 larger homes, as under the old rules, with any additional properties being no larger than 100 sqm.   Permitted Development Rights for new agricultural buildings are currently limited to 465sqm...

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Business Resilience and Succession Planning Seminar Case study

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in Uncategorised | Comments Off on Business Resilience and Succession Planning Seminar Case study

Jim and Jane (both in their mid 70’s) live at Home Farm, on the edge of the village, where they have just celebrated their 50th harvest. They have 3 children in their 40’s, Keith, Katherine and Karl.  Keith and Katherine each have 2 children, Lance (10 yo) and Lauren (8 yo), and Mark (19 yo) and Mary (17 yo) respectively. Home Farm includes 500 acres, of which 450 acres are in arable cropping and the remainder is woodland and rough that supports a small family shoot. The land is farmed in hand by Jim and Jane in partnership and they have one employee, Neil. Neil is 64 years old and looking...

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Development prospects

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in Uncategorised | Comments Off on Development prospects

Whatever you might think of immigration it is clear that housing demand is growing and this part of East Anglia feels the pressure more than most. Edge Analytics produced a report in May 2015 that suggested Essex needs to build 190,000 new houses between 2012 and 2037. These figures, together with other evidence, are being processed by the various District Councils for incorporation into the emerging Local Plans. Many local authorities are rushing to get an adopted Local Plan in place following the Government’s announcement in October 2015 that ‘if councils fail to produce and bring into...

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Landscape Issue 5 Out Now

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Uncategorised | Comments Off on Landscape Issue 5 Out Now

Our newsletter is out now.  Find the link on our Home Page and we hope you enjoy Issue 5.

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Congratulations Belinda and Bill

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Uncategorised | Comments Off on Congratulations Belinda and Bill

Our Partner Belinda Young has recently celebrated  her marriage.  I’m sure you will all join us in wishing Belinda and Bill a very joyful and happy future together. Congratulations Belinda and Bill.

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The Perfect Storm

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Uncategorised | Comments Off on The Perfect Storm

This time last year we entered the spring with a level of positive optimism, crops looked well, fertiliser was cheaper than last year, grain prices where strong and potential output looked good.  This gave us confidence to provide the crop with a robust disease control strategy.  Once all the major decisions had been made, in terms of level of expenditure, the markets started to collapse. This slide continued as a result of the strong pound, high global production and falling demand.  The only light at the end to the tunnel was that most growers had taken advantage of the higher prices at...

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