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Eviction Ban Extended

January 2021 Property News

The ban on bailiff-enforced evictions for private renters has been extended in England and Wales. This will be until February 21 “at least” according to Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick;…

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Eviction Ban Extended

January 2021 News

The ban on bailiff-enforced evictions for private renters has been extended in England and Wales.

This will be until February 21 “at least” according to Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick; the ban will be reviewed at that date.

Landlords or agents acting on their behalf will still be able to enforce possession orders if tenants are more than six months in arrears irrespective of when the arrears accrued and therefore no longer have to pre-date Covid; however, these will go to court but cannot be enforced by bailiffs.

For further information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our Land Agents on 01768 866611 or email landagency@pfk.co.uk.

 

Source: lettingagenttoday.co.uk  

Agricultural Transition Plan 2021-2024

December 2020 BPS Grants News News

The government have published their agricultural transition plan outlining changes which will take place between now and 2024. The plan sets out the following: • How the basic payment is to…

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Agricultural Transition Plan 2021-2024

December 2020 News

The government have published their agricultural transition plan outlining changes which will take place between now and 2024.

The plan sets out the following:

• How the basic payment is to be reduced between 2021 and 2024 and how money will be reallocated for environmental productivity and animal welfare schemes.
• How environmental land management schemes will develop with the sustainable farming incentive scheme becoming available in 2022.
• Changes there will be in regard to regulation and inspection with them being more practical and proportionate than is currently allowed under the EU cap regulations.
• Details with regard to animal health and welfare matters.
• Financial assistance which will be available to help productivity as a way of helping to tackle substantial productivity challenges faced by UK agriculture.

Although there is still a lot of detail missing from the information which has been published, the information which we have at present details the following:

• BPS payments will be reduced by at least 50% by the end of 2024.
• There is will be a full role out of the environmental land management schemes in late 2024.
• Countryside Stewardship Schemes will be open for applications until 2023.
• Hedgerow and Boundary Grant and Water Capital Grant funding is to be increased to £20,000 per application.
• There will be consultations in early 2021 in relation to the potential to take remaining BPS income in a lump sum in 2022 and the de-linking of remaining BPS payments from occupying farm land or farming from 2024, which therefore will make the current cross-compliance mechanism obsolete.

Basic payment reductions are set out to be as follows:

Payment Band 2021 Scheme Year 2022 Scheme Year 2023 Scheme Year 2024 Scheme Year
Payment up to £30,000 5% reduction 20% reduction 35% reduction 50% reduction
Payment from £30,000 to £50,000 10% reduction 25% reduction 40% reduction 55% reduction
Payment from £50,000 to £150,000 20% reduction 35% reduction 50% reduction 65% reduction
Payment over £150,000 25% reduction 40% reduction 55% reduction 70% reduction

 

These reductions will be applied in a similar way to income tax payments whereby for example, in 2021 for an annual claim of £60,000 there will be a 5% reduction applied to the first £30,000, a 10% reduction applied to the next £20,000 and a 20% reduction applied to the final £10,000.

If you wish to discuss any of the matters which have been published by the Government, then please do get in touch with any of the team at PFK Land Agency.

A66 Northern Trans-Pennine Project Update from Highways England (Winter 2020)

November 2020 Compulsory Purchase News News

Highways England have released their Winter 2020 update for the A66 Northern Trans-Pennine Project, a summary of which is below. The A66 plays an essential role in our area…

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A66 Northern Trans-Pennine Project Update from Highways England (Winter 2020)

November 2020 News

Highways England have released their Winter 2020 update for the A66 Northern Trans-Pennine Project, a summary of which is below.

The A66 plays an essential role in our area for journeys across the north of England. It is not just used by local people, but also by tourists, lorries and freight.

The Government plans to invest around £1 billion in the A66, altering sections of the route between junction 40 of the M6 at Penrith and the A1(M) at Scotch Corner to make this entire section dual carriageway.

The preferred route was announced in May 2020, and plans have continued to develop with a further consultation due in Spring 2021.

Emerging designs are still subject to change, but the preferred route details can be found at https://highwaysengland.co.uk/our-work/north-west/a66-northern-trans-pennine/

Specialist surveys are currently taking place (including habitat & species surveys and ground investigations). If you have been contacted by Highways England regarding access to your land, and require assistance please do get in touch.

Below is a summary of the main works planned for our area.

M6 junction 40 to Kemplay Bank
Kemplay Bank roundabout: – provide an underpass through the existing Kemplay Bank roundabout, allowing free flowing traffic east / west and improve access to Penrith and the A6. New slip roads for the A66.

Penrith to Temple Sowerby
One major junction at Centre Parks. A number of left-on, left-off junctions with associated acceleration and deceleration lanes.

Temple Sowerby to Appleby – Kirkby Thore
Two new junctions proposed.
Temple Sowerby Bypass junction: – a short road to connect from the Temple Sowerby bypass junction to the old A66 allowing access for local traffic.
Main Street junction: – a new junction at Main Street to the north east of Kirkby Thore. Main Street will pass over the proposed A66 alignment on a bridge structure.
New merge and diverge lanes for the A66.

Temple Sowerby to Appleby – Crackenthorpe
One new junction and a new left-on, left-off access.
Long Marton junction: – new junction to the south east of Kirkby Thore to provide access to eastbound and westbound carriageways of the new A66 alignment.
Crackenthorpe junction: – new junction on the westbound carriageway on the new A66 alignment.
Appleby bypass junction: – improvements made to the existing eastbound junction with the A66 at the start of the Apppleby bypass.

Appleby to Brough
Sandford (B6259) junction: – new all movement junction on the A66 approximately 1km west from its junction with the B6259 at Sandford.
Warcop junction – junctions on the westbound and eastbound carriageways at Warcop. A66 eastbound and new junction to join the existing A66 and providing access to Warcop.
Langrigg junction – maintain access through a left only junction.

Other proposals slightly out of area include; A67 junction on Bowes bypass, Cross Lanes and Rokeby junctions, West Layton / Collier Lane junctions, Moor Lane junction and Warrener Lane junction.

Project timeline:
2020 design development, project update, environmental and ground investigations surveys.
2021 public consultation, further design, Development Consent Order application, DCO decision. 2024/25 construction start.

Further details can be found on the Highways England Website.
www.highwaysengland.co.uk/A66-NTP
A66NTP@highwaysengland.co.uk
0333 090 1192

RPA Announce 2020 Payment Rates

November 2020 BPS News

The RPA have published the 2020 payment rates. As they announced in September, the exchange rate was to remain the same as it was in 2019 at £0.89092 per €.…

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RPA Announce 2020 Payment Rates

November 2020 News

The RPA have published the 2020 payment rates. As they announced in September, the exchange rate was to remain the same as it was in 2019 at £0.89092 per €.

They have today announced the payment rates for each type of entitlement which are as follows:

• Non-SDA entitlements = £233.216
• SDA entitlements = £231.567
• SDA moorland entitlements = £63.950

These payment rates have very slightly increased by a few pence on the payment rates which were made in 2019.

Bringing a “Spark” to 2021

October 2020 Property News

In her first article, Ellie Ramwell provides a guide to the new regulations for Electrical Safety Standards: In June 2020 the new Electrical Safety Standards in the private rented sector (…

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Bringing a “Spark” to 2021

October 2020 News

In her first article, Ellie Ramwell provides a guide to the new regulations for Electrical Safety Standards:

In June 2020 the new Electrical Safety Standards in the private rented sector (England) came into force. This being said, the new regulations are applicable to all new tenancies from 1st July 2020 and to existing tenancies from the 1st April 2021.

These regulations will apply to assured shorthold tenancies, multiple occupation (HMOs) and licenses to occupy with exceptions to regulations including social housing, lodgers, those on long lease of seven years or more, student halls of residence, hostels and refuges, care homes, hospitals and hospices, and other accommodation relating to healthcare provisions.

Landlords must have the electrical installations in their properties inspected and tested by a person who is “qualified and competent”, at least every five years. A copy of the electrical safety report must be provided to the tenants and to their local authority if requested. Breaches of regulation could result in financial penalties of up to £30,000.

PFK manage a number of residential properties across broad range of sectors and we are currently in the process of ensuring all our managed properties are and will be compliant with the new regulations set to come in next spring.

If you have a residential property you are thinking of opening up to the rental market please feel free to contact us in order to make sure the property is compliant prior to securing a tenant.

If you would like to discuss any of the above or you would like an insight into how we can help you manage your property in the future please contact me via the details below.

T: 01768 866611

M: 07776958360

E: ellieramwell@pfk.co.uk

Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme

October 2020 Grants News

Round 3 of the Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme has been launched today. The application window is open until 4th November. This grant scheme, as in the past, is there…

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Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme

October 2020 News

Round 3 of the Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme has been launched today. The application window is open until 4th November.

This grant scheme, as in the past, is there to help farmers improve their efficiency and benefit the environment by making available grants of between £3,000 and £12,000 to purchase new equipment to help improve productivity and business efficiency. Grants will provide up to 40% of standard costs of the purchase price on an item. Therefore the minimum grant is £3,000 (which is the equivalent of £7,500 spend) to a maximum of £12,000 (the equivalent of £30,000 spend).

If you are interested in applying for this grant then please contact PFK Land Agency for further advice and guidance on 01768 866611 or landagency@pfk.co.uk

Six Month Notice Period For Residential Properties Introduced

October 2020 Property News

This month, Abi Wass, Assistant Land Agent, provides a useful update on new rules introduced for notices on residential properties. Further to changes introduced by the Government during the Coronavirus…

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Six Month Notice Period For Residential Properties Introduced

October 2020 News

This month, Abi Wass, Assistant Land Agent, provides a useful update on new rules introduced for notices on residential properties.

Further to changes introduced by the Government during the Coronavirus pandemic under the Protection from Eviction Regulations, it is now a requirement for most residential landlords in England to serve six months’ notice in order to terminate residential tenancies (such as Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs)).

This rule was meant to expire on 30th September, but has now been extended until 31st March 2021 in order to provide greater protection for tenants during the pandemic and over the winter months.

The six months’ notice period for Section 21 notices will not however apply in cases of antisocial behaviour (4 weeks’ notice), domestic abuse (2-4 weeks’ notice), false statements (2-4 weeks’ notice), over six months accumulated rent arrears (4 weeks’ notice) or breach of immigrations rules (‘right to rent’) (3 months’ notice).

As such, eviction cases are to be prioritised by the courts so that those including the most serious cases can be heard more quickly.

In addition, new court rules have been agreed, meaning landlords will need to set out in their claim any relevant information about a tenant’s circumstances, including information on the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. Where this is not provided, judges will have the ability to adjourn proceedings.

A Section 21 notice also now has an extended ‘shelf life’ from 6 months from serving the notice to 10 months.

In summary, the main change is that a minimum of 6 months’ notice will be required in pretty much most situations unless you have 6 months rental arrears or more.

Abi Wass

T: 01768 866611

E: abigailwass@pfk.co.uk

 

Crosby Ravensworth Common - Secretary of State Public Consultation

September 2020 News

The documents on this page support the application by the Crosby Ravensworth Commoners Association to the Planning Inspectorate for consent for fencing under Section 38 of the Common Land Act…

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Crosby Ravensworth Common - Secretary of State Public Consultation

September 2020 News

The documents on this page support the application by the Crosby Ravensworth Commoners Association to the Planning Inspectorate for consent for fencing under Section 38 of the Common Land Act 2006.

Details of the consultation process are in the following Public Notice:

Click here to view the Public Notice

The Section 38 consent Application Form submitted is below:

Application Form

The application form refers to a series of Appendices.
Please note that Appendix 3 and 4 provided below give the detail of the proposals, plus the feedback from the informal consultation process undertaken ahead of this formal application

Supporting documents for the Application are below:

Appendix 1 – Crosby Ravensworth Commons Register

Appendix 1 – Part 1

Appendix 1 – Part 2

Appendix 2 – Active and non-active graziers

Appendix 2

Appendix 3 – Proposals for Crosby Ravensworth Common, Bank Moor Common and Hardendale Common; including informal consultation feedback

Appendix 3

Appendix 4 – Map of existing and proposed fencing

Appendix 4

Appendix 5 – Landscape and Visual Assessment

Appendix 5

PFK welcome a Trainee Assistant Land Agent to the team at Penrith.

September 2020 News

In September 2020, PFK welcomed Ellie Ramwell to their Land Agency Team. Ellie has been appointed as a Trainee Assistant Land Agent in the Penrith office. Born in Lancashire, Ellie…

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PFK welcome a Trainee Assistant Land Agent to the team at Penrith.

September 2020 News

In September 2020, PFK welcomed Ellie Ramwell to their Land Agency Team. Ellie has been appointed as a Trainee Assistant Land Agent in the Penrith office.

Born in Lancashire, Ellie went onto study Rural Land Management BSc Hons at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester for three years. Coming from a rural background and a family farm, Ellie has always had a keen interest in the industry, from getting her “hands dirty” on the farm, to representing her club, region and county in Young Farmers competitions. Her passion towards Agriculture is evident.

Aged 24, Ellie moved up the M6 this summer to the “Heart of Cumbria”, Penrith. She has settled in well to the area and is enjoying her weekends visiting and exploring what she has described as “one of the most beautiful areas of outstanding beauty” She went on to comment “PFK have been extremely welcoming and I am looking forward to starting my career with the company in the fast moving time the industry faces ahead”.

PFK Head of Land Agency, David Stout commented “Ellie’s arrival adds further strength and balance to the existing team. The department is experiencing strong growth which has led to this appointment. We look forward t helping Ellie with her training and progression within the profession.

Looking to the Future

September 2020 News

In this article, Jo Edwards explores what's next for agriculture in our ever-changing world. As we are all fully aware the world is currently facing interesting and pretty…

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Looking to the Future

September 2020 News

In this article, Jo Edwards explores what’s next for agriculture in our ever-changing world.

As we are all fully aware the world is currently facing interesting and pretty unprecedented times. The UK agricultural industry is also facing upheaval that it hasn’t seen for many decades. It would be easy to look at the negatives, the lack of a trade deal at the time of writing, cheap imports and tariffs on exports, falling BPS payments, but these are things over which you have no control, so it is pointless using up vital resources and emotional energy worrying as they are outside of your control – yes you need to be very aware of these things, but do not get bogged down in them.

British agriculture is facing huge opportunities, and this is the time to take stock of your own business, and look to control those things into which you have an input.

This is an ideal opportunity to look at your business to manage risk and to look to maximise any opportunities which present themselves.

There are positives to look to – the removal of the Greening rules under BPS will allow more flexibility, livestock prices are holding up at present, a lot of the general public have seen British farming in a new light during the Covid pandemic and many people have been shopping locally, so it is not all doom and gloom.

During times of change those who are at the top of their game are always looking at their businesses to see where there are opportunities, and what cost savings and efficiencies can be made. With the reduction in BPS and possible tariffs on exports, all businesses need to be looking hard at their overheads and direct costs to see if there are any savings to be made in order to streamline their enterprises to ensure a viable future.

The face of farming is going to have to change, with the now well heard phrase of “public money for public goods” being here to stay. Farmers need to think outside the box as to what their farm holding has to offer – be it areas of upland hill with peat soils which capture carbon, less productive land which could be planted with trees, which benefit not only the environment but also benefit to the farm, rotational grazing with benefits both to grass production and soil health. None of these ideas are new or ground breaking, but now is the time to look at your business in light of future changes so that you are ready for whatever the next few years has to throw at you.

As the world changes PFK Land Agency believe it is vital that farm businesses seek professional advice and guidance to help them through the maze of what is to come, and sometimes a fresh set of eyes can see something which those who are immersed in the business have missed.

Jo Edwards MRICS

01768 866611

joedwards@pfk.co.uk 

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