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

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 […]

Preston Hall Farm

Batcheller Monkhouse was instructed to prepare an Environmental Statement for a proposed residential development on 5.2 hectares of farmland. The site forms part of the North East Bexhill Development Area […]

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 […]

Commercial Fishery

A client instructed us prior to considering various options for generating an income from his extensive land parcels. The land was in the countryside, entirely comprising greenfield land but was […]

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

Agricultural Occupancy Condition

An Agricultural Occupancy Condition (AOC) is a planning condition which ties the occupancy of a house to a person who works solely, mainly or worked last in agriculture or in […]

Establishing Existing Use or Development

Development or use of land and buildings that does not benefit from planning permission can become lawful through period of existence. In such cases a Local Planning Authority can issue […]

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 […]

Residential Permitted Development

Identifying opportunities to secure an uplift in the value of land and property prior to sale. The permitted development regime allows for a certain amount of development to take place […]


If a Local Authority believes that building work undertaken or use of land or buildings is unauthorised ( does not have the required planning permission) they have the power to […]