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Farming for the Future Policy & Progress

On 25 February 2020 the Farming for the Future – Policy and Progress Paper was published. The document provides further details of the agricultural policy for England over the next […]

Compulsory Purchase Affecting Kent and Sussex Landowners

Many readers, including both tenant farmers and landowners, will have land affected by utility lines; whether water, sewage, gas, electricity or telecommunications. With utility companies constantly needing to maintain and […]

Sussex Charity Art Exhibition

On 11 December 2019 the Batcheller Monkhouse, Battle office hosted a charity art exhibition of internationally renowned local artists and photographers to raise money for a local, Sussex charity. The […]

Positive Planning Decisions Boosting Rural Businesses

Positive planning decisions can boost your rural business with over 60% of farms in the UK having diversified in some way, with diversification projects now accounting for 22% of income […]

The Future of Farming

The reality of no Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) income is sending shock waves through the farming community, despite the fact that this has been on the cards for years. This […]

Basic Payment Scheme 2019

The Rural Payment Agency on-line system is now open for business. Whilst the deadline for submission of 2019 claims is still some weeks away it is never too soon to […]

Certificate of Lawfulness

Our planning team were asked to review a farm which had a number of agricultural building including an AOC property. There was a section 52 agreement stating that none of […]

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 Town Prospectus Published

Following the introduction of regulations to allow Councils to establish garden town development corporations last month, the long awaited Garden Town Prospectus was published on 16 August 2018. The prospectus setting […]

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 a request 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 […]

Property or Land Planning Appraisal

A property or land planning appraisal is an important stage in the delivery of a successful development scheme. A planning appraisal sets out the planning background to a site and […]

farmers and landowners agree to electronic communications operators

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

Residential and farmland markets remain strong despite some of the challenges. See below discussing Brexit, London buyers, land price and more. Brexit and the political climate at home continue to […]

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

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

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 […]