News & Events

Cricket Bat Willows could be just the ticket!

Posted: June 18, 2018 by Karen Kipling
For those marginal, wet and generally unproductive areas of the farm, planting up with cricket bat willows can provide a handsome income whilst maintaining the ecological and biodiversity value of the site. Cricket bat willows grow well in wet low-lying areas prone to flooding or alongside the drainage ditches running parallel to more productive farmland. ... Continue Reading

The outside is just as important as the inside!

Posted: June 1, 2018 by Karen Kipling
If you are looking to sell your property this summer, don’t forget the outside can be as important as the inside!  Catherine Greaves, Agency Associate Director at our Barnard Castle office  GSC Grays, has some tips for ensuring that your outside space looks it’s best. Front Garden Kerb appeal is everything! Your front garden is ... Continue Reading

The New Electronic Communications Code – What is a mast worth?

Posted: May 30, 2018 by Karen Kipling
The new legislation governing telecoms equipment known as the Code came into effect on 28th December 2017.  Since then most landowners will have been bombarded with a plethora of articles each with a different take on its impact.  Without a doubt one of the most talked about changes has been the amount of rent one ... Continue Reading

Extension to Claims Deadline for Countryside Stewardship (England Only)

Posted: May 11, 2018 by Karen Kipling
Defra has agreed with the European Commission that the deadline for submitting Countryside Stewardship multi-annual claims should be extended by one month to 15 June. This is to allow Natural England to provide agreements to those agreement holders who have yet to receive an agreement for works due to start on 1 January 2018. Natural England is due to ... Continue Reading

Buildings Restoration Grants

Posted: May 1, 2018 by Karen Kipling
A new capital grant is available under the countryside stewardship scheme for the restoration of traditional farm buildings.  The application period began on 29th March 2018 and will continue until 31st January 2019.  The grant is available for buildings that are within the following pilot National Parks: Dartmoor National Park The Lake District National Park ... Continue Reading

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