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Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (ATED)

Wed 15 March 2017

ATED is an annual tax payable on residential properties held by Companies or Partnerships valued at more than £500,000. Read More

New PDR could allow five new dwellings from a barn

Tue 14 March 2017

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is reported to be consulting on the introduction of a new agricultural-to-residential permitted development right (PDR) which would allow conversion of a farm building of up to 750m2, for a maximum of five new dwellings, each with a floorspace of 150m2. Read More

Act now! New charge in Mid Devon will impact on new rural workers' dwellings

Tue 31 January 2017

Mid Devon District Council is consulting on proposed Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charge until the 14 February 2017. CIL is a charge put on a range of new developments to help meet the costs of related infrastructure. Read More

£120 million rural growth programme extended

Fri 27 January 2017

The government has published details of how another round of grant funding, designed to help projects that will create jobs and generate money for rural areas, will work. Read More

Greater Exeter councils to work together on future planning policy

Fri 20 January 2017

In a departure from tradition, when planning policies were largely developed in isolation, four councils in the Greater Exeter area are in the process of finalising an agreement that will see them work together for the first time. Read More

Stags complete another successful seminar season

Thu 15 December 2016

Stags Professional Services held a range of successful seminars in 2016 in conjunction with some of the South West’s best-regarded solicitors, accountants and bankers. Read More

Landowners face prospect of lower rents from telcos

Tue 13 December 2016

The government is proposing reform of the Electronic Communications Code, some 30 years after it first made its way onto the statute books. Read More

New partner, retiring partner, returning team member and exam success

Fri 9 December 2016

The partners at Stags have announced that they have added to their ranks, with the appointment of George Alder as full equity partner from 1 January 2017. Read More

Free planning advice

Mon 17 October 2016

Simplifying the planning system has been an objective of successive governments, and each year there are claims from Whitehall that progress is being made. Some might agree that there has been a degree of success: around 88% of all planning applications are now approved compared with around 85% at the start of the decade. However, for all but the most basic of planning applications, the system is often far from simple. Read More

New fodder sales to be run as winter looms

Thu 13 October 2016

Following a run of successful fodder auctions in Exeter last Winter, Stags will be organising further new sales in South Molton and Honiton beginning January 2017. Read More

Banks keen to lend to the agricultural sector

Wed 12 October 2016

Despite BREXIT uncertainty and continuing pressure on farming incomes, banks are keen to lend to the agricultural sector, writes Toby Perry, Rural Practice Surveyor at Stags Professional Services Read More

Tidal power: the FRANCE - ALDERNEY - BRITAIN (FAB) link takes a step closer to reality

Tue 11 October 2016

A major international project that will see tidal-generated electricity flowing between the Channel Islands and the UK and France has taken a step closer to reality, with a route having finally been decided and construction scheduled to commence in 2018. Read More

Plan for CGT Rate on Residential Sales

Wed 14 September 2016

The 2016 Budget earlier in the year announced significant changes to the Capital Gains Tax regime for individuals, partnerships and trusts. Read More

Last chance for EU funding

Wed 13 July 2016

Stags Rural Professional Department can offer advice and assistance with applications and all aspects of a variety of schemes. Read More

Compulsory Purchase - get what you are entitled to!

Wed 6 July 2016

At Stags, our Professional Services Team deals with many claims on behalf of our clients which may arise from a variety of utilities works. Read More

New powers for Telecoms Companies

Tue 5 July 2016

The Digital Economy Bill was announced in the Queen's Speech in May 2016 which could potentially have a big impact for landowners with telecoms masts and equipment on their property. Read More

Positive Court Ruling for Small Scale Housing Development

Mon 4 July 2016

Alister King-Smith reports on how a Court of Appeal Ruling brings good news on affordable housing for owners and developers of smaller housing sites. Read More

Compulsory Purchase & Compensation

Thu 9 June 2016

Compulsory Purchase and Compensation are you getting what you are entitled to? Read More

Making the Most of Permitted Development Rights

Mon 11 April 2016

With farming profits being put under significant pressure many landowners are looking to generate income from buildings that may otherwise be generating little or no return. In other cases, property owners are simply seeking to make the most of a more relaxed planning system. Read More

BPS Deadline 16th May, 2016

Thu 24 March 2016

With 2 months to go until applications, our regional agents are fully conversant with the 2016 BPS process and will be pleased to assist you across Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset. Read More

Don't forget the Planning Basics

Tue 22 March 2016

Major changes to the Planning System have been a ‘hot topic’ for the last few years, however the core principles of the system should not be overlooked. Read More

Farm Building Conversion Success

Thu 17 March 2016

Since the introduction of the new General Permitted Development Order rules for the conversion of farm buildings to dwellings in 2014, the road to consent has been rocky in some cases. However a number of recent successes show that interpretation by Local Authorities is now more positive and the process is no longer such a ‘postcode lottery’. Read More

Grant for Capital Expenditure proves popular

Thu 17 March 2016

New funding for rural businesses under the RDPE programme has generated a good level of interest since its launch in several local areas across the south west. Read More

Basic Payment Scheme 2016

Mon 8 February 2016

As spring feels closer by the day, so does the annual deadline for the submission of Basic Payment Scheme application forms and trading of entitlements. This year the deadline for submissions will be Monday 16 May. Read More

Qualification Success!

Tue 15 December 2015

Stags are pleased to announce that Nicola Palfrey of the Launceston Office has qualified as an Agricultural Valuer and is now a Fellow of the Association of Agricultural Valuers. Read More

BPS Payment Window Officially Open!

Fri 4 December 2015

Approximately 38% of all BPS applicants have now received their first BPS subsidy payment this week, with further payment tranches intended later this month. Whilst this is a pleasant surprise for those who have been paid, we advise applicants who have not yet received their remittance advice or payment to be patient and not to panic. Read More

Non Agricultural Lettings on farms and written agreements

Mon 30 November 2015

Mark Neason of Stags Professional Services discusses potential pitfalls. The significance of allowing non-farming businesses to occupy farm buildings has recently been highlighted in the case of a family who has been assisted by Stags Professional Services. Read More

Basic Payment Scheme Progress Report

Mon 12 October 2015

Following the flurry of activity leading up to 15th June, the RPA are steadily processing BP5 applications, entitlement transfers and land amendment forms, reports Lizzie Burton, newly appointed Head of Professional Services at Stags Exeter office. “We are advised that 90% of land amendments have now been completed in the UK, but less than 5% of our entitlement transfer requests have yet been completed. This may be because transferees must be confirmed as being ‘active farmers’ before the transfer can be completed. The transferee’s BP5 form will therefore need to be processed before the entitlements can be transferred”. Read More

Government use Rural Productivity Plan to announce review of residential conversion threshold for agricultural buildings

Wed 23 September 2015

Martin Lee, Stags Chartered Town & Country Planning Consultant says “In a world of ever changing alliances and priorities it is noteworthy that the Chancellor, George Osborne, appears to be pressing ahead with ongoing reforms intended to boost the economy of rural areas and particularly the delivery of new housing. Read More

Stags Professional Team expands

Thu 17 September 2015

Stags are delighted to announce the arrival of Lizzie Burton MSc MRICS FAAV to the fold. Lizzie joins Stags as head of professional services at our Exeter branch having been head of Kivells’ rural professional and property department at Exeter Livestock Centre for the last three years. Read More

Saving costs with solar

Tue 12 May 2015

With margins becoming increasingly tight, and profits being driven down by both increasing costs and decreasing outputs, there are potential opportunities in the renewables sector to help make your business more efficient. Read More

PDR - Further Government Guidance

Fri 13 March 2015

Following the post code lottery created by different Local Authority's interpretations of the regulations governing permitted rights to convert farm buildings into dwellings, the Government Read More

Act now to prepare for the Basic Payment Scheme

Tue 17 February 2015

The latest reports from the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) indicate only 22,500 of an expected 100,000 farmers have registered online for the new Basic Payment Scheme (BPS). Read More

Rural Payments Online - early results

Thu 22 January 2015

Stags Professional Services have now begun registering clients on the new Rural Payments online system and can share their experience of the process. Read More

Matt Brown joins Stags Professional Services team

Thu 8 January 2015

Stags Professional Services have appointed a new rural professional to join their team. Matt Brown, 25, is a fully qualified Chartered Surveyor and Agricultural Valuer who will be based in Stags’ Launceston and Truro Offices. Read More

Farm buildings to dwellings

Thu 11 December 2014

A number of very successful of seminars were held by Stags Professional Services across the South West last month, focusing on the recent changes to the Permitted Development Rights. These changes allow the conversion of agricultural buildings to dwellings, which proved a very popular topic. Read More

Countryside Stewardship 2016

Thu 11 December 2014

Details of the shape of the new Countryside Stewardship Scheme which will replace the current environmental and woodland grant schemes under the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy have been announced by DEFRA. Read More

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