Brexit impacts on farming

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Diversification | Comments Off on Brexit impacts on farming

Well, we have only gone and done it! Whilst the polls were always close ‘those in the know’ were sure that the bookies had it right and we were going to stay in the EU. Wrong again, and now we have a mad scrabbling for position which just delays the difficult decisions a little further. Agriculture was the biggest recipient of EU funds and has the most to lose in a tussle with the NHS. The CLA and NFU have produced papers outlining priorities for a UK Agricultural Policy (UKAP). The core point is that agriculture has to remain a profitable business if the countryside is to retain its...

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Simplified planning regulations for alternative uses of Farm Buildings

Posted by on Aug 14, 2013 in Diversification | 0 comments

The Government have given clear signals that they want to help rural businesses to diversify to stimulate the local economy. Current conversion rights The Government have recognised that a major hindrance to re-use of agricultural buildings is the planning system. The easiest way to get conversion work going is through broadening ‘permitted development’. The first stage of this process was completed with the adoption of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (England) Order 2013 on the 30th May 2013. This allowed extensions to existing dwellings and...

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