The Welsh Agricultural Minister, Lesley Griffiths announced in 2018 that the BPS would remain unchanged until 2020, however with the delays of Brexit proceedings last year the Minister decided that the scheme would continue for another year until 2021 which now provides a further 12 months of some certainty to Welsh farmers.
Since the introduction of the Electronic Communications Code 2017 Network Operators are continuing to put downward pressure on mast rents, with offers to renew the lease now commonly between £500-£1,000 per annum, often coupled with an Early Signing Incentive Payment (ESIP) of around £8,000-£10,000.
Following a rather volatile period with the referendum, Brexit, terrible weather, continued uncertainty and a lack of confidence in the agricultural land and property market it has been a rather slower period pre-January for land and property sales. However, we have started to see the tables turning and confidence coming back into the marketplace, Corona Virus may however slow this.
An Evening with Will Evans of the Rock n Roll Farming Podcast
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It’s time for farmers to “take back January” – Join us at Byley Village Hall at 7:15 pm on 15th January 2020 to listen to Will Evans as he provides insight into how he uses his podcast to promote Agriculture – What better time to learn how farmers can positively educate the country into agricultural practices.
Frustrated with how farmers were being portrayed in the media, Welsh farmer Will started a podcast to interview farmers in a bid to dispel some of the myths surrounding agriculture and food production. Will now has over 15,000 thousand followers on twitter and 1,000 downloads to his podcast each week. He has also been recognised for championing British Farming. This is a fantastic opportunity to hear how we can utilise social media to spread a positive message about agriculture.
A Fantastic Opportunity
Our Future Farmers events do not just set out to offer expert advice and guidance, but it’s also a great opportunity to catch up with those likeminded individuals who you never quite get the chance to go to the pub with!
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This is a FREE event, and food will be served afterward. However, we do ask that you please reserve your space.
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Rostons are pleased to announce that Sarah Heath has recently joined the team as a placement student from Harper Adams University. Having completed the first two years of her Rural Enterprise & Land Management Degree, Sarah will now spend 12 months with Rostons as part of her training.
Sarah has a strong agricultural background, having grown up on a mixed farm in Cheshire. In her spare time she enjoys riding and playing hockey. Her enthusiasm coupled with her rural background and knowledge will no doubt be a welcome addition to the existing team.
Sarah is looking forward to developing her skills as a trainee surveyor and working within the North West and North Wales.
On the 5th March 2018, Dominic Raab, the Housing Minister announced changes to permitted development rights as follows:- CLASS Q for the conversion of agricultural buildings to residential dwellings. This new legislation came into effect from the 6th April.
Previously, a maximum of 3 residential properties could be converted from agricultural use, with a maximum floorspace of 450 square meters in total.
However, the new changes will permit the following:
- Up to 3 ‘larger homes’ with a maximum floorspace of 465metres square.
- Up to 5 ‘smaller homes’ each with less than 100 square metres of floor space.
- A combination of the above, with no more than 5 homes, of which a maximum of 3 can be “larger homes”
Additionally, changes to Government guidance for Class Q permitted development rights confirmed that it is no longer a specific requirement for the building to be structurally strong enough to support the necessary conversion works. Which suggests that reasonable structural reinforcement works would be acceptable as part of the conversion. Also, internal works do not constitute development and so local planning authorities may not be able to refuse an application based on the extent of the internal works. However, there is still no firm definition of when ‘conversion’ becomes a ‘rebuild’ and so professional advice should be sought to identify the chances of success for each case.
Agricultural business:- There has been an increase in the size of new agricultural buildings allowed under permitted development rights for holdings over 5ha in size. Previously permitted development rights allowed the construction of a new agricultural building up to 465 square meters, this has now increased to 1,000 square meters.
If you require advice relating to this please contact the Rostons team.