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Planning for rural diversification

10 December 2018

Written by Richard Morgan, Senior Planning Consultant The final version of the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has now been published by the Government and there is continued support for farm diversification to drive the rural economy, presenting an opportunity for farmers and ...

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Insight Issue 05

07 December 2018

We are pleased to present our winter 2018 issue of Insight magazine full of industry updates including the following articles: Rural Diversification - exploring new opportunities Contract farming agreements - know the pitfalls What’s next for retail property? Public money for public goods ...

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New Alnwick Office for YoungsRPS as business goes from strength to strength

28 November 2018

Continued expansion by North East based chartered surveyors and property consultants YoungsRPS will see the opening of larger office premises in Alnwick and further recruitment. YoungsRPS have been in Alnwick for more than 15 years, but this move will see them take on a high profile high street ...

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The Agriculture Bill… A land agent’s perspective

29 October 2018

Michael Gove’s long awaited Agriculture Bill was released on 12 September 2018. The Agriculture Bill sets out the Government’s proposals for farming and land management policies and payments following the UK’s exit from the European Union. The Bill is a proposal for a new law and may be amended as ...

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North East – projected slowest regional household growth

25 September 2018

On 20 September 2018, the Office for National Statistics published the latest ‘2016-based’ projections for the future number of households in England, across each local authority. These are long-term projections spanning over 25 years up to 2041. Projections are published every two years, and ...

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DEFRA Agree Temporary Prescription Adjustments

18 September 2018

Since GOV.UK published guidance about the drought and its impact on BPS and agri-environment agreements in July, there have been discussions between DEFRA and Natural England regarding failed establishment of Wild bird food plots (AB9), and the capacity for temporary adjustments for other options ...

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Latest Key dates for England from Farming Advice Service (FAS)

13 September 2018

Below are the latest key dates issued by the Farming Advice Service (FAS). These dates are to help farmers stay compliant with the cross compliance and greening requirements in England. 1 October You can burn heather, rough grass, bracken, gorse or vaccinium on land in upland areas from this date ...

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Agricultural Bill introduced to deliver a Green Brexit

12 September 2018

A new Agricultural Bill has been announced today by Parliament to support a Green Brexit. The Bill details a new system “public money for public goods”. The BPS subsidy system will be phased out over the next seven years and replaced by an Environmental Land Management system. A trial will start ...

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Contract agreements – farmers be warned

31 August 2018

Farmers are being warned to take extra care when setting up and entering into a contract farming agreement to ensure they can show they remain active or they could risk their status and face a legal challenge which may also have an implication on their tax position. This follows a recent court case ...

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Farming pitfalls?

24 August 2018

Written by Graeme Bruce, Director It has been a fairly busy year for underground pitfall issues this year. We continue to be surprised by the number of land owners and occupiers who seem to be unaware that claims can still be lodged for damage in relation to this under the Coal Mining Subsidence ...

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It’s good to talk!

17 August 2018

Written by Graeme Bruce, Director The new Electronic Communications Code (ECC), under the Digital Economy Act, was implemented in December 2017. There was much speculation over the impact of this new legislation but the picture remains far from clear. The new code was intended to favour the ...

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Practical advice from practical people

10 August 2018

Written by Harry Morshead, Rural Chartered Surveyor As rural advisors, we consider our local knowledge and practical advice to be the most important factors behind the provision of quality advice for clients. Hence our recent expansion into North Yorkshire and Southern Scotland was carefully ...

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Improvements and fixtures in agricultural tenancies

03 August 2018

Written by Jo Metcalfe, Rural Chartered Surveyor Do you know the difference between improvements and fixtures? Read on to find out... What are improvementsand fixtures? Improvements are fixed equipment on a holding which a tenant has installed and paid for themselves - having first gained approval ...

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27 July 2018

We are pleased to present our second issue of Insight Scotland which includes topical industry updates and exciting changes at YoungsRPS. This issue includes the following articles: Planning reforms to support rural Scotland Succession planning Utility Claims: Do you know what you’re entitled to? ...

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New water rules – what you need to know

27 July 2018

Written by Charles Raine, Director As of April 2018 new rules came into force designed to protect water quality through good farming practice. Many farmers will already follow the guidelines as a matter of course, but it is important to know what the new rules cover to ensure compliance in the ...

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The rise in the industrial property investment market

20 July 2018

Written by Paul Fairlamb, Commercial Property Chartered Surveyor Falling occupier demand for retail space and the changing face of the office sector due to evolving working patterns have led many commercial property investors to move away from acquiring in the retail and office sectors and look ...

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New planning rules to boost rural housing

13 July 2018

Written by Richard Morgan, Senior Planning Consultant The much-anticipated draft reforms to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) have now been published by the Government. The focus on addressing the housing crisis is clearly evident in the objectives of the draft and although this is ...

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Electric vehicle charging points at Horsley Business Centre

06 July 2018

Written by Michael Blake, Director The global electric car stock has grown to more than 2 million. As people become more environmentally conscious, major car manufacturers are making big changes. For example, from 2019, every Volvo car will have an electric motor, and BMW has announced that it will ...

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Protecting your commercial property investment

08 June 2018

Written by Michael Blake, Director Many private investors have dipped their toe in the residential buy-to-let market. Some consider putting their money into commercial property as a way of spreading risk across their portfolio. Commercial property can often offer a lower cost alternative to ...

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Safeguarding your agricultural assets

01 June 2018

Written by John Turnbull, Chairman Succession under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 does not arise all that often nowadays but a timely reminder of some useful pointers to protecting what you have might be useful. A tenancy under Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 is, after all, a valuable asset. So ...

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Protecting your land against new rights of way

25 May 2018

Written by Edward Boon, Director We all know about the many difficulties associated with farming in the urban fringe environment, not least in respect of repeated trespass over routes not dedicated as public rights of way. Ignoring the use of such unauthorised access is unwise as, after 20 years of ...

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Small Grant Scheme great opportunity for farmers

12 February 2018

Written by Jo Metcalfe, Rural Chartered Surveyor The £60 million of funding on offer under the new Small Grant Scheme provides a fantastic opportunity for the region's farmers to update farm equipment. However the window of opportunity is short, and you need to act fast to avoid disappointment. ...

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YoungsRPS strengthens team with new appointment

09 February 2018

Chartered Surveyors and Property Consultants YoungsRPS has further strengthened its team with a new senior appointment. Chartered Town Planner, Richard Morgan, joins YounsgRPS from one of the UK’s largest land promoters where he spent a number of years in a strategic planning manager role. He has ...

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06 February 2018

We are pleased to present our first issue of Insight Scotland which includes topical industry updates and exciting changes at YoungsRPS. This issue includes the following articles: · Amnesty for tenant’s improvements- a practical guide · Farm business finance · Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016- what ...

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YoungsRPS are Expanding

12 January 2018

Rural chartered surveyors and property consultants YoungsRPS are marking the start of 2018 in style with the official opening of their new office in Scotland. Headed by YoungsRPS Director Tom Oates, it is located in Thornhill, Dumfriesshire. Concentrating on the core rural services of farm sales, ...

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New Requirements for Environmental Impact Assessments on Rural Land

24 July 2017

New legislation sees further requirements come into play in relation to improving the productivity of uncultivated or semi-natural land. Farmers should be aware that an Environmental Screening Report may now be required before implementing any change in farming practice on such land warns Emma ...

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Good advice is the key to a successful farm sale

16 March 2017

Timing and first impressions are critical to the sale of any farm, according to James Thompson of North East rural property consultants, YoungsRPS. As the farmland market tightens and becomes increasingly competitive, attention to detail can make all the difference in achieving market advantage. ...

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16 March 2017

Brexit – an ideal time to develop new opportunities and keep young farmers farming Two recent surveys highlight the continued move away from farming by young people in rural areas. In a post Brexit world where the farming industry will be more dependent than ever on the entrepreneurial skills and ...

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