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Battery Storage Sites - An opportunity for Landowners?

Fri 20 May 2022

Over the last 18 months, we have been contacted by more and more landowners who have been approached by developers wishing to build battery storage sites on their land. So, what is a battery storage site and might your land be suitable? Read More

Farm lettings in Dartmoor

Fri 20 May 2022

Our professional team in Stags Totnes have recently been involved with re-letting a farm on the southern edge of Dartmoor National Park. The in-country farm comprised approximately 100 acres of pasture land with some arable potential and agricultural buildings. Read More

Basic Payment Scheme 2022 - Apply now

Thu 21 April 2022

Applications are currently open for the 2022 Basic Payment Scheme, with the deadline being midnight on 16th May 2022 to submit a claim and transfer land parcels and entitlements for the 2022 scheme year. Read More

The Sustainable Farming Incentive

Tue 19 April 2022

Hannah Lukins of Stags Professional Services outlines the standards, payment rates and further details of the Sustainable Farming Incentive, for which applications will open in June 2022. Read More

Basic Payment Scheme - Lump Sum Exit Scheme details

Thu 14 April 2022

Sally Blowey of Stags Professional Services outlines the rules of the Lump Sum Exit Scheme, which were announced on 12th April. Read More

A successful Spring APC training day for Stags Graduates

Mon 11 April 2022

On the 31st March our Spring APC training day was held in our Exeter office, with Graduates from across the firm meeting as part of the Stags APC training programme. Read More

Applying for a Farm Business Tenancy – A Long Journey!

Wed 26 January 2022

Andrew Lawes BSc (Hons) MRICS, Head of Professional Services, Cornwall, sets out some thoughts and tips to help guide you on the journey of applying for a Farm Business Tenancy. Read More

Sustainable Farming Incentive 2022 Lowdown

Tue 18 January 2022

Sally Blowey of Stags Professional Services outlines the details of the Sustainable Farming Incentive, an environmental land management scheme which will pay farmers to produce public goods such as water quality, biodiversity, animal health and welfare and climate change mitigation, alongside food production. Read More

New planning rules provide opportunities for farmers and landowners

Mon 17 January 2022

Stephen Boundy of Stags Planning Services outlines some of the impacts of the recent Environment Act, which are expected to give rise to a new market for land to be used by developers to meet their biodiversity net gain requirements. Read More

New rural home owners 101: Utilising land

Thu 13 January 2022

Have you recently bought a home in the countryside but you aren’t sure what to do with the land that came with it? Here are some some ideas as to what you could do and how to perhaps generate a little extra income in the process. Read More

Countryside Stewardship Scheme - Changes to payment rates

Wed 12 January 2022

Sally Blowey of Stags Professional Services outlines the main changes DEFRA have made to payment rates in the Countryside Stewardship Scheme, which has seen increased payment rates on some options, making the scheme more attractive to many. Read More

Class R – Agricultural Buildings to Commercial Use

Wed 29 December 2021

Thinking of converting your agricultural buildings? Have you considered Class R? Read More

Is it possible to make money from ecological enhancement measures?

Mon 22 November 2021

Alister Smith of Stags Planning and Development department discusses possible implications of The Environment Bill, which is now at final amendment, including the potential opportunity for landowners to capitalise on existing land ownerships. Read More

An Update on the Farming Investment Fund

Wed 3 November 2021

The Farming Investment Fund (not to be confused with the Farm Innovation Research and Development Fund) was expected to be open for applications from October 2021. However, in a blog post on 2nd November DEFRA have announced that there is a delay with the launch of the fund, with final details still being confirmed. Read More

Farm Innovation Research and Development Fund – Open now!

Wed 20 October 2021

Do you have a bright idea that will help the UK Agriculture sector become more efficient? Applications are now open for a new competition in which DEFRA, in partnership with UK Research and Innovation, is making £17,500,000 available for the first round of three funds. Read More

Water Protection Zones - Should we be worried?

Tue 28 September 2021

Chartered Surveyor Jessica Allsop of Stags Professional Services discusses The Water Resources Act, which requires the monitoring and protection of areas of land that supply drinking water, and the recent announcement regarding the Catchment Sensitive Farming programme. Read More

High Court Upholds Stags Arbitrator's Discretion on Costs

Wed 15 September 2021

A recent case, over which Mark Neason of Stags Professional services presided as Arbitrator, concerned a notice served by a landlord requiring the tenant to carry out a substantial amount of hedge maintenance. The appeal was heard in the High Court, where the presiding judge upheld Mark Neason's discretion on costs. Read More

Removal of a Holiday Occupancy Condition

Tue 31 August 2021

Rural Chartered Surveyor Guy Wilson of Stags Professional Services explains how recent changes to Local Planning Policy affect the removal of Holiday Occupancy Conditions Read More

Are you utilising all your farm buildings to their full potential?

Wed 25 August 2021

With the Basic Payment Scheme being phased out, now is an ideal time to assess your farming assets to determine whether any are not being fully utilised and are surplus to requirements. Read More

Stags Planning Department Receive Consent for Eco-Friendly Holiday Home

Thu 12 August 2021

Stags Planning Department are delighted to announce that they have received planning consent for a new eco-friendly holiday home just outside Dartmoor National Park, and discuss their new design software. Read More

Sustainable Farming Incentive - Progress Update

Wed 7 July 2021

Sally Blowey of Stags Professional Services explains the further details recently released by DEFRA regarding the Sustainable Farming Incentive Read More

Farming in Protected Landscapes - An exciting new opportunity

Tue 29 June 2021

DEFRA have recently released details on The Farming in Protected Landscapes programme. The scheme is open to all farmers and land managers within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) or National Park in England. The application window for funding in the first year of the programme is between 1st July 2021 and 31st January 2022. Read More

Tiverton Professional Services instructed to let three separate farms

Mon 21 June 2021

The Professional Services team at Stags Tiverton have been instructed to complete open market lettings of three separate farms with a combined area of just under 1,000 acres. Read More

Basic Payment Changes: Delinking and Lump Sum Exit plans explained

Mon 21 June 2021

DEFRA are currently consulting on their proposals for a Lump Sum Exit Scheme and approach to delinked payments under the Agricultural Transition Plan. Sally Blowey of Stags Professional Services outlines the current proposals. Read More

Could your next venture be “Carbon Farming”?

Fri 18 June 2021

Hannah Lukins of Stags Professional Services Team discusses the Carbon Farming Initiative Read More

Teignbridge District Council Publishes Important Review of Local Planning Policy - Act Now

Tue 15 June 2021

Teignbridge District Council are presently undertaking an important review of planning policy that will cover how planning is approached in the period to 2040. It is essential for property owners to act now if they wish to have their voice heard, in particular with regard to potential sites for housing and employment. Read More

Stags strengthen Professional Services department with appointment of Senior Surveyor Matthew Wilcox

Wed 28 April 2021

Stags have strengthened their Professional Services department through the appointment of Matthew Wilcox BSc (Hons) MRICS as Senior Surveyor. Matthew will be based in the Tiverton office and brings with him a wealth of experience in various rural professional matters and estate management. Read More

Changes to Countryside Stewardship and BPS explained

Tue 20 April 2021

With the 17th May deadline for Basic Payment Scheme applications fast approaching, there are some changes to the 2021 scheme due to the UKs exit from the EU, that applicants should be aware of. Read More

Proprietary Estoppel: an opportunist charter or relief for the deserving?

Tue 2 March 2021

In more recent years, since Davies v Davies [2016], proprietary estoppel has remained fertile ground for litigation, with a total of twelve claims reaching court in 2018. Read More

Farm Tenancy Agreements – don’t let them collect dust!

Fri 26 February 2021

Andrew Lawes B.Sc Hons. MRICS, a rural practice chartered surveyor and Head of Professional Services for Cornwall at Stags, reminds us of the significance of these important documents. Read More

Planning for the future of agricultural payments

Tue 23 February 2021

Key dates and updates in relation to the future of agricultural payments. Read More

Promoting land for possible development - East and Mid Devon

Wed 17 February 2021

Generally, for many, the first thing they know of a new development is when they see a digger starting onsite. What they do not see is the months, or even years for larger developments, of paperwork behind the scenes and the hard work often put in by the landowner to ‘promote’ the site. Read More

Deep roots allow strong growth for Stags Professional Services team

Tue 8 December 2020

Stags was established in 1874, therefore, we have many years of experience, contacts and relationships to continue to build upon. We aim to ‘add value’ in our dealings with and for our clients. Whether this is via our Professional Services team, our Land Agents, Planning Consultants, Lettings staff or Market and On Site Sales Department, our driver is always the same. In recent months we have had many new faces join our team, all bringing additional strength and expertise to our offering. Read More

Changes to the current planning system explained...

Tue 1 December 2020

Alister Smith, the head of Stags Planning and Architectural Design team, comments on recent changes that have been made to the planning system. Read More

Stags further develops their planning and architectural department

Tue 3 November 2020

Stags Planning and Architectural department has been strengthened by the recent recruitment of Carlos Ramos and Anna Brooks, who have joined the team based in Exeter.  Read More

Now open: Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme

Tue 13 October 2020

Don't miss your chance to obtain 40% funding for agricultural equipment with Round 3 of the Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme. Read More

Interim funding pending for farmers

Mon 12 October 2020

A new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS) is due to be rolled out in full by the end of 2024. This scheme will largely replace all schemes currently available under the Common Agricultural Policy, as well as offer financial support for farming businesses as BPS payments begin to be phased out from 2021. Read More

Outstanding exam results for Kate Collins, Commercial Property Manager

Fri 9 October 2020

Kate Collins BSc (Hons), Property Manager in our Commercial and Block Management department based in Totnes has recently completed her degree in Real Estate Management with the University College of Estate Management, graduating with a 2:1.  Read More

COVID-19 Planning update: Extension of permissions and construction hours

Wed 2 September 2020

On the 25th June the Business and Planning Bill was presented to the House of Commons to boost economic recovery and development in England as we begin to emerge from the Coronavirus pandemic. The Bill comes with little surprise following Boris Johnson’s recent plans to ‘Build Build Build’ and it reached royal assent on the 22nd July 2020. Read More

Countryside Stewardship Scheme - COVID-19 Exceptions Process

Tue 7 July 2020

The CAAV have announced that the RPA are introducing a COVID-19 Exceptions Process meaning applications for the CSS mid-tier scheme can be submitted up to 31st August 2020 provided that the RPA are given prior notification that the application is not going to be submitted by the 31st July 2020 deadline due to COVID-19 related issues. Read More

Planning appeal success...overturn of local Council's refusal to grant permission

Tue 7 July 2020

In a recent planning appeal, Stags has recently successfully overturned Mid Devon District Council’s refusal to grant permission for residential development of up to 20 dwellings, and have secured a partial award of costs against the Council. Read More

Inheritance Tax relief and Grazing Agreements

Thu 2 July 2020

The recent case of Charnley and another v HMRC [2019] ruled in favour of a farmer’s estate seeking to claim Agricultural Property Relief (APR) and Business Property Relief (BPR), where the majority of land was let under annual grazing agreements. The case, which went to appeal at the First Tier Tribunal in 2019, is very relevant to farmers whose land is used by third parties for grazing. Read More

Professional Valuations...carried out safely

Wed 17 June 2020

We are receiving a high volume on enquiries asking: 'Are you now able to carry out on site professional valuations?' Read More

Do you farm or own land under the Broadclyst to Hawkchurch Pylon Line?

Tue 2 June 2020

The countryside is crossed with electricity pylons, cables and associated infrastructure, not least by National Grid’s transmission network which provides for homes and businesses nationwide. Read More

'Fall back' Success for Stags

Fri 15 May 2020

Amongst all the uncertainty that surrounds us today Stags have recently received planning permission for four new dwellings to replace a range of barns which previously benefitted from Class P prior approval for a change of use from commercial to residential. Read More

Putting a price on woodland

Fri 1 May 2020

Historically, the potential value of woodland was often dismissed as unprofitable when compared with bare land for conventional cropping. Read More

Extension to BPS deadline announced

Tue 28 April 2020

The Government have confirmed an extension to the Basic Payment Scheme deadline. See below an excerpt from the official press release; Read More

Funding for woodland: your options

Thu 27 February 2020

Emily Woodruff of Stags Professional Services discusses your options when it comes to funding for woodland creation. Read More

Rights over land and compensation

Mon 24 February 2020

Alex Rew of Stags Professional Services offers advice to anyone approached by companies requiring access over their private land. Read More

Planning: what is fall back and how can it benefit you?

Mon 24 February 2020

Alister Smith of Stags Planning department discusses the benefits of using a fall-back argument when it comes to planning applications. Read More

2020 Countryside Stewardship application window now open

Thu 20 February 2020

The Countryside Stewardship application window is now open, meaning applications can now be submitted for Mid-Tier, Higher-Tier, the four Wildlife Offers (Arable, Lowland Grazing, Upland and Mixed Farming) and the Hedgerows and Boundaries Capital Grant. Read More

Basic Payment Scheme 2020 update

Thu 20 February 2020

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has announced that the Basic Payment Scheme 2020 application window will open on 12 March, giving landowners nine weeks to submit their applications by the 15 May deadline.  Read More

Stags launches new Architectural Services division

Thu 9 January 2020

Stags Professional Services department is excited to announce the launch of its new Architectural division, which will be headed up by Nathaniel Morris. Read More

Grant funding for business development now available 

Mon 9 December 2019

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme is once again encouraging applications for substantial capital grants towards projects that will create jobs and bring money into the rural economy. Read More

BPS 2019 payments

Wed 4 December 2019

The BPS payment window is now open; find out how this year's rates differ from those of 2018. Read More

Inheritance Tax: the importance of formal valuations

Mon 2 December 2019

Toby Perry MRICS of Stags Professional Services department in Exeter outlines the importance of formal valuations against market appraisals when it comes to tax planning. Read More

Non-domestic rates chargeable on private stables

Thu 21 November 2019

Mark Neason MRICS FAAV of Stags Professional Services in Somerset discusses the matter of tax when it comes to equine facilities.  Read More

Agricultural development: does size really matter?

Mon 28 October 2019

Guy Wilson MRICS FAAV of Stags Professional Services department outlines the implications of the 2018 Town and Country Planning Order. Read More

Hedgerow and Boundary Grant success

Mon 9 September 2019

Sally Blowey of Stags Professional Services department discusses a recent Hedgerow and Boundary Grant success in West Devon. Read More

Large Scale Solar Panel Sites

Thu 29 August 2019

Mark Neason of Stags Professional Services department discusses the increasingly popular diversification option of solar panel sites. Read More

Last chance to apply for Round 2 of the Small Grant Scheme

Wed 21 August 2019

Hurry, time is running out for Round 2 of the Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme. Read More

Small Grant Scheme: Round 2

Sun 14 July 2019

Don't miss your chance to obtain 40% funding for agricultural equipment with Round 2 of the Small Grant Scheme. Read More

Grant funding: will the grass be greener post-Brexit?

Tue 11 June 2019

Rural Surveyor Guy Wilson explores the prospects for grant funding and stewardship both present and future. Read More

Preparing probate valuations: what you should know

Mon 3 June 2019

Andrew Lawes, Head of Stags Professional Services in Cornwall, outlines key issues when preparing probate valuations. Read More

Pressure on mobile phone mast rents

Thu 23 May 2019

Tim Yonge of Michelmore Stags in Totnes discusses new 'Code Rights' for telecom operators. Read More

Market appraisals vs formal valuations: the basics

Thu 9 May 2019

Alex Rew outlines the key differences between market appraisals and formal valuations. Read More

March: the month of agricultural rent reviews

Mon 4 March 2019

Mark Neason MRICS FAAV of Stags Professional Services offers his advice about the rent review process and arbitration to landlords and tenants. Read More

Five things you need to know about breaches of planning control

Mon 4 March 2019

Oliver Thorogood of Stags Planning Department outlines your need-to-know guide to what to do if you find that your property is in breach of planning control. Read More

Compulsory purchase: how much compensation are farmers and landowners entitled to?

Thu 21 February 2019

Lydia Cox raises the issue of rural infrastructure and offers her advice on how much compensation farmers and landowners might be entitled to. Read More

How can Stags Professional Services help to resolve disputes?

Sun 13 January 2019

Mark Neason MRICS FAAV of Stags Professional Services outlines how Stags can help you resolve disputes. Read More

Brexit and your estate: what does 2019 hold for estate owners and land managers?

Thu 29 November 2018

Senior Surveyor Lydia Cox MRICS FAAV and Estate Management Consultant Nick Millard MRICS FAAV REV of Michelmore Hughes Stags discuss why now is the time for South West estate owners and land managers to prepare for the future. Read More

Revised National Planning Policy Framework 2018: Delivering housing growth in rural areas

Wed 1 August 2018

Following the release of the new National Planning Policy Framework last month, Stags Head of Planning Alister King Smith discusses how these changes could affect your development. Read More

North Devon Link Road improvements: are you affected?

Tue 5 June 2018

As the Government approves funding for improvements to the North Devon Link Road, now is the time to ensure you are properly represented to claim the compensation you are entitled to. Read More

Barn conversions set to become easier and more profitable

Wed 21 March 2018

A new Government rule allowing more agricultural building development will see barn conversions becoming easier and more profitable, explains Stags Head of Planning, Alister Smith. Read More

Countryside Stewardship and other grants

Wed 28 February 2018

Sally Blowey, Chartered Surveyor with Stags, discusses Countryside Stewardship and other grants. Read More

Rural planning: a help or a hindrance to economic growth?

Mon 12 February 2018

Stags Head of Planning Services, Alister King-Smith, discusses whether the current UK rural planning system is helping or hindering economic growth in the countryside. Read More

Countryside Stewardship 2018 open for applicants

Mon 22 January 2018

The window for Countryside Stewardship applications is now open and Stags Professional Services department is here to help guide you through the process. Read More

How to make the most of outbuildings

Fri 8 December 2017

Surplus farm buildings gathering dust? Maximise their potential with these profitable ideas from Jenny Cox of Stags Professional Services. Read More

How can a Stags Expert Witness help settle your property dispute?

Wed 29 November 2017

Stags Professional Services team can assist with partnership dissolution, matrimonial proceedings, dilapidations and much more. Read More

A chance to diversify within National Parks and AONBs?

Fri 15 September 2017

Stags Planning Assistant, Guy Horswell, advises on a possible alternative to Class Q regulations, allowing the change of use of agricultural buildings. Read More

Making the most of Permitted Development Rights

Wed 19 July 2017

Are you a landowner looking to generate extra income from old farm buildings? This article will help you get to grips with agricultural development rights. Read More

Who can benefit from new Permitted Development Rights?

Wed 12 July 2017

Last year new Permitted Development Rights were introduced, but who could benefit from these and how? Read More

Planning Application Fee Increase

Wed 17 May 2017

Alister King-Smith sheds light on changes to local authority planning charges. Read More

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

Sun 16 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

Wed 12 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

Tue 11 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

Mon 10 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

Tue 13 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

Tue 12 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!

Tue 5 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

Positive Court Ruling for Small Scale Housing Development

Sun 3 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

Wed 8 June 2016

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

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

Changes to the Model Repair Clauses for Agricultural Tenancies

Wed 14 October 2015

From the 1st October 2015 changes were introduced to the standard repairing liabilities for landlords and tenants in agricultural tenancies, particularly affecting AHA tenancies, but some FBTs may be affected too. Read More

New rural grant funding now available

Tue 13 October 2015

Two new capital grant schemes for farmers and rural landowners are now open under the Rural Development Programme for England. The new LEADER and Growth Programme schemes offer capital grant funding for rural businesses to provide education and training, renewable energy projects, tourism facilities and business startup and expansion. Read More

Basic Payment Scheme Progress Report

Sun 11 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

Tue 22 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

Wed 16 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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