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Cross Compliance and Greening Requirement Deadlines Approaching!

Posted: April 20, 2018 by Karen Kipling
Here are some key deadlines to ensure  that you stay compliant with the cross compliance and greening requirements in England. 30th April   If you are in an NVZ you must have recorded the number of ‘specified’ livestock kept on your farm during the previous calendar year and calculated the amount of nitrogen they produced. You ... Continue Reading

RICS Property Measurement 2nd Edition to become Mandatory

Posted: April 16, 2018 by Karen Kipling
Surveyors within the industry will be familiar with the measuring approaches of Gross External Area, Gross Internal Area and Net Internal Area, which are contained within the RICS Code of Measuring Practice, 6th Edition. To supplement this document, the RICS Property Measurement Professional Statement, 1st Edition was developed, to incorporate International Property Measurement Standards (IPMS). ... Continue Reading


Posted: April 12, 2018 by Karen Kipling
As a reminder, the deadline of 1st April 2018 has now passed, therefore, Landlords are legally required to comply with the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards. The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) were introduced by the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 in March 2015. What does this mean for Landlords? If ... Continue Reading

Revisions to Class Q Permitted Development Rights for Conversion of Agricultural Buildings to Residential Use

Posted: April 5, 2018 by Karen Kipling
The Government published its draft revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) on the 5th March 2018 following the Housing White Paper (HWP) in 2017 and represents the most significant change to planning policy since NPPF was introduced in 2012.  This was swiftly followed by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) ... Continue Reading

Easter Opening Hours

Posted: March 28, 2018 by Karen Kipling
If you were thinking of getting in touch with our Estate Agency teams over the Easter weekend, our opening hours are as follows: Good Friday – CLOSED Saturday – our Estate Agency offices at Barnard Castle, Leyburn, Richmond and Stokesley will be open from 9am to 1pm and the out of hours phone service will ... Continue Reading

BPS Update

Posted: March 26, 2018 by Karen Kipling
There have been updates to the BPS 2018 scheme rules in the last week.  Log onto the website regularly to ensure you are aware of any changes. 2017 Bridging payments Bridging payments for those who have not yet received their 2017 BPS are due to begin hitting bank accounts on and after 6th April, with ... Continue Reading

Improved Permitted Development Rights

Posted: March 23, 2018 by Karen Kipling
The Housing Minister, Dominic Raab, has announced a relaxation of permitted development rights which will allow existing agricultural buildings to be converted to up to five new homes rather than the three currently permitted. The new rules will allow for up to three large homes extending to 465m², up to five smaller homes of 100m² ... Continue Reading

New ‘Simplified’ Countryside Stewardship Offers for 2018

Posted: February 27, 2018 by Karen Kipling
Natural England have announced that they will be piloting four new ‘simplified’ offers for Countryside Stewardship 2018. The offers will provide a new way for farmers to enter land in to the Countryside Stewardship Scheme and are targeted according to farm type: Lowland grazing, Upland, Mixed Farming and Arable. Natural England say that they have ... Continue Reading

Damp in Older Buildings – A Common-sense Approach!

Posted: February 22, 2018 by Karen Kipling
Having recently been asked to inspect several traditional stone-built farmhouses that were suffering from damp, Phil Kennerley, Senior Project Manager with GSC Grays looks at how updates to older buildings can sometimes create additional problems. These ‘solid’ wall 19th century buildings had been updated over the years but were experiencing a number of issues with ... Continue Reading

BPS 2018: No ‘Active Farmer’ Rule in England No Longer Applies

Posted: February 21, 2018 by Karen Kipling
DEFRA and the RPA have confirmed to the CAAV that the ‘active farmer’ rule no longer applies in England from BPS 2018 onwards. This is as a result of the the agricultural section of the EU Omnibus Regulation agreed late last year which gave Member States the option of dropping the ‘active farmer’ rule from BPS ... Continue Reading