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Our expertise in the South East, combined with our knowledge of the local market and rural economy, enables us to generate informative news and articles. Areas of interest include property and land, price trends, forecasts and legislation.

Below are links to some recent articles:

Planning Conditions – Changes in Legislation

New legislation comes in to force on 1st October 2018 which prevents Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) from imposing pre-commencement conditions to planning permissions without the written agreement of the applicant. […]

Garden Towns Prospectus

Garden Town Developments update – released 16/8/18 Following the introduction of regulations to allow Councils to establish garden town development corporations last month, the long awaited Garden Towns Prospectus has […]

Planning Applications

The primary method of securing planning permission requires the submission of a Planning Application to the Local Planning Authority. The level of work required to prepare an application varies dependent […]

Planning appraisals – what to consider

Our planning appraisals are well researched and prepared and comprise the following: Site visit to view both the site and understand its context Review of planning history Identification of existing […]

Planning Appraisals

Planning appraisals are an important stage in the delivery of a successful development scheme. A planning appraisal sets out the planning background to a site and identifies all opportunities and […]

Telecoms Code

Many farmers and landowners agree to electronic communications operators, such as mobile phone companies, installing aerials and other equipment on the roofs of their buildings or erecting masts on their […]

Lettings

With more and more legislation piling on to residential landlords and their agents, Batcheller Monkhouse Lettings is in the best position to help. That strength is particularly relevant at the […]

Residential and Farmland Markets remain strong

Brexit and the political climate at home continue to influence the farms and farmland market. Inevitably, this has spread uncertainty, although those wishing to purchase land more often than not […]

Environmental Impact Assessment and Agriculture

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is the assessment of the environmental consequences of a proposed development project. It ensures that the environmental effects of a project are taken into account […]

Housing Delivery

Over the years, much Government effort has gone into trying to speed up the planning process and make it more efficient with one aim in mind – building more homes. […]

Residential Development

With the Government seeking to build 300,000 new homes per year across the country, landowners and developers alike are looking to promote more sites for residential development. There is a […]

Diversification

Thinking of diversifying? DON’T. Or not at least until you have considered the simple principles of how to make it a success. The countryside is littered with examples of failed […]

Starting out in Farming

Now may seem a strange time to encourage new entrants into farming, but for many the opportunities are really starting to open out. Starting out in farming is difficult for […]

Brexit

Since the referendum result on 23 June 2016, farmers and growers have been wondering what Brexit means for their business. The question has still not been answered, although the picture […]

The Housing Crisis

The Housing Crisis in the UK looks likely to continue its dominance of headlines this year. The planning system is often blamed for delaying housebuilding which has contributed to spiralling […]

National Planning Policy Framework

A revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published for consultation on 5th March 2018 as part of a package of planning reform measures. Launched by the Prime Minister and […]

Garden Shed Conversion

Can you make an income from your garden shed? With the trend increasing for quirky holiday retreats have you considered the possibility of converting your outbuildings and entering the hospitality […]

Unwanted Garden Land

Releasing value from unwanted garden land can be a great way to generate funds to pay off your current mortgage or boost your pension pot. With greater life expectancy and […]

Environmental Impact Assessment

Environmental Impact Assessment is an integral part of the planning system. The EIA process allows for the environmental effects of certain development projects to be understood and mitigated as part […]

The Planning System

The housing shortage in the UK looks likely to continue its dominance of headlines this year. The planning system is often blamed for delaying house building which has contributed to […]

Tax Planning

Is it time to let the tax tail wag the dog? According to the popular expression “Don’t let the tail wag the dog”, we should not have to structure our property and […]

Rural Diversification

The challenges facing farmers have never been more apparent coming into the political negotiations surrounding Brexit, with particular concerns over trade deals and subsidy payments. When you add into the […]

Estate Management Focus

Hankham is a small village in East Sussex, just north of the A27, and no distance at all from both Eastbourne and Pevensey. When the Normans landed (just a few miles away, […]

Development and Land Promotion

So you’ve taken the momentous decision to turn over some of your farmland for housing. This may be a once-in-a-generation opportunity to generate a significant amount of capital, but one […]