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March 2020 News News

At PFK we aim to continue our service as best we can during this difficult time. Whilst will we continue to monitor the situation and take guidance from the government…

Coronavirus Update
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Coronavirus Update

March 2020 News

At PFK we aim to continue our service as best we can during this difficult time.

Whilst will we continue to monitor the situation and take guidance from the government in order to keep our customers, staff and their families safe, we set out below how our operation will run as from Wednesday 18th March 2020 until further notice.

Our Land Agency department will remain open at present, although there will be a reduced staff presence in the office, and our telephone service will operate as normal. We do ask that if you do plan to attend our office that you telephone beforehand as your enquiry may be able to be dealt with over the phone. General access to our office will be by appointment only. If you would like to drop documentation off at our offices then we ask that this is posted through our letter box.

We can be contacted on the following number & email address:

landagency@pfk.co.uk

01768 866 611

In an effort to delay the spread of Coronavirus, we ask anyone who attends our office that they inform us if any of the following apply:

1. You have recently returned from overseas travel.
2. You have come into close contact with someone who has laboratory confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis in the past 14 days.
3. You have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting test results.
4. You have a fever or symptoms of lower respiratory illness such as cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
5. You have any other medical conditions or vulnerabilities that may put you at risk.

If any of the above factors apply to you, we ask that you do not attend our office and that you contact us by phone or email and we will attempt to offer alternative arrangements if possible, for your appointments.

Given that many businesses are likely to be affected in some way, please note that there may be some delays to our normal service but we will strive to keep these to a minimum.

Stay safe & well.

PFK Land Agency Team

Spring 2020 Newsletter

March 2020 News News

Click the link below for our Spring Newsletter: Land Agency Spring Newsletter 2020   For any queries, contact 01768 866611 or email: landagency@pfk.co.uk…

Spring 2020 Newsletter
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Spring 2020 Newsletter

March 2020 News

Click the link below for our Spring Newsletter:

Land Agency Spring Newsletter 2020

 

For any queries, contact 01768 866611 or email: landagency@pfk.co.uk

Getting Organised for the Grass Letting Season

February 2020 Grass Letting News

The Grass Letting season is fast approaching, here are some key facts you may want to consider if letting your land on a grazing licence. Grazing licences have a lesser…

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Getting Organised for the Grass Letting Season

February 2020 News

The Grass Letting season is fast approaching, here are some key facts you may want to consider if letting your land on a grazing licence.

Grazing licences have a lesser legal right than a tenancy i.e. a licence can be thought of as letting someone on to your land to do something (graze stock or take grass/crop from the land). Effectively, a grazier shares occupation with a land owner, whereas a tenancy grants someone exclusive possession of your land.
A grazing licence will typically run from May to October, although any period will be fine up to 364 days, and can vary depending on the circumstances of both parties and the land.

Grazing licences can be, and in a lot of cases are, renewed each year, particularly where a good relationship is established between both parties.
It is important that a grazing licence is documented in writing, particularly if there is an obligation on the grazier to comply with the requirements of any grant scheme and/or cross compliance rules. A plan is also key to accompany the licence to show accurately the area of ground let.

Typically, the landowner will have responsibility for boundary repairs, as well as ditches, hedges, gateways and water supply etc. Unless damage is caused by the grazier, whereby they would be responsible to repair and put right any damage caused. Care should be taken regarding the repairing obligations imposed on the grazier to prevent a licence becoming a tenancy agreement.

A grazing licence can be tailored to the land, for example, preventing certain animals being grazed such as cattle or horses, and the period which certain stock are grazed (e.g. sheep to be grazed for the whole licence period and cattle to be grazed for a reduced period) and specifying how many cuts of silage/hay are permitted within the term.

So, what are the benefits of letting land on a Grazing Licence?

• Enables land to be let on a short-term basis whilst being able to regain possession of the land quickly and easily. Furthermore, when a licence period ends the grazier must leave and remove all stock, as well as indemnifying the landowner in respect of any losses suffered.

• The land is still deemed to be occupied by the landowner, and providing he has overall responsibility for the land will be considered an ‘active farmer’. The owner can therefore claim BPS payments and payments for any environmental schemes on the land. Because of this, it is important to monitor the graziers use of the land to ensure that they are not putting the land to a use which may put the owner in breach of any cross compliance rules or terms of environmental schemes.

• The ‘active farmer’ status will also be relevant for inheritance tax purposes. The land will start to qualify for agricultural property relief after two years of ownership, rather than the seven years required if a tenant is occupying the land. This is a further reason why it is vital that a grazing licence is correctly drafted and cannot be argued to be a tenancy agreement.

How to ensure you get the right grazier for your land

In order to get the best interest in your land it is important to be well prepared prior to the start of the grazing season (i.e. now!). It is essential that you are offering something better than your competitors in order to have the pick of graziers.

Preparations should include;
• The boundaries should be in good order and the land in good heart at the start of the season.

• If the land is going to be used for silage/hay it is important to replenish the nutrients with fertiliser, and it must be decided who is responsible for this, licensee or licensor, and have this written into the agreement accordingly.

• Most grass lettings have water available, either natural water or mains. If there is facility to meter the mains water supply separately, especially where cattle are being grazed, then this is advisable.

• It is important to keep control of weeds, especially thistles and nettles. The preferred method of weed management and who is responsible should be written into the licence.

• Remember, that ‘good farming beats top rent’ as the right person will look after the land if they know they have the opportunity to take the land the following season.

Getting a grazing licence wrong can have a huge impact on asset value and inheritance tax planning.

If you need help or advice regarding grazing licences, please contact us here at PFK Land Agency on 01768 866611 or landagency@pfk.co.uk

Is your septic tank legal?

February 2020 News

New septic tank regulations became effective from 1 January 2020. If you have an old style septic tank – a tank like structure which discharges waste onto a drainage field and…

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Is your septic tank legal?

February 2020 News

New septic tank regulations became effective from 1 January 2020.

If you have an old style septic tank – a tank like structure which discharges waste onto a drainage field and is then simply released to the ground, then if this is working efficiently and not causing any pollution then the installation can continue as it is.

If you have an old style septic tank which discharges into a pipe then into a water course i.e. a ditch, stream, river, lake, gutter, gully, etc., then this is no longer permitted. You need to install a modern style septic tank called a ‘sewage treatment plant’.

If you already have a sewage treatment plant which was installed after 2015, then this should comply with the new regulations. This requires no further action as long as it is functioning properly and is well maintained.

There are many considerations in regard to foul water drainage systems, best answered by your supplier and installer although there are two significant considerations which are:

  1. Storm water from gutters, etc., must not enter the sewage treatment plant. This can mean significant expense re-routing pipes.
  2. A modern sewage treatment plant usually requires and electrical supply

 

For further information, contact PFK Land Agency on 01768 866611 or email landagency@pfk.co.uk

Hedgerow and Boundary Grant Scheme

February 2020 News

The RPA have announced that the Hedgerow and Boundary grant scheme will open for applications on Tuesday 11th February 2020 and close on Friday 1st May 2020. For further information…

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Hedgerow and Boundary Grant Scheme

February 2020 News

The RPA have announced that the Hedgerow and Boundary grant scheme will open for applications on Tuesday 11th February 2020 and close on Friday 1st May 2020.

For further information or assistance with making your application contact Jo Edwards MRICS on 01768 866611 or email joedwards@pfk.co.uk

Agriculture Bill Updates

February 2020 News

As you will have seen in the agricultural press recently, the Agriculture Bill was set before parliament on 16th January and this will give the necessary powers to design England’…

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Agriculture Bill Updates

February 2020 News

As you will have seen in the agricultural press recently, the Agriculture Bill was set before parliament on 16th January and this will give the necessary powers to design England’s agricultural policy for when the country leaves the EU. Agriculture is a devolved department and therefore once the country is outside of the EU, each UK administration will have the flexibility to develop its own agricultural policy to suit their circumstances.

The Government are setting out that the bill will allow each country to move away from the current EU’s bureaucratic common agricultural policy.
As with the original Agriculture Bill that was introduced to parliament back in 2018 (which was shelved due to a change in the political climate), the whole ethos behind the bill is that farmers and land managers will be rewarded with public money for providing public goods.

The government are setting out that the policy will provide support for those who look after both the country’s land and animals and in turn through this work provide public goods with a particular emphasis on environmental public goods. The major difference from the original agricultural bill introduced, is that the current one does also focus on food production.

The headline provisions within the bill promote the following:
• Activities to protect and improve the land, water and air within the environment
• Support to provide thriving plants and wildlife
• Actions to help reduction and protection of the country from environmental hazards
• Actions to help the country adapt to and mitigate climate change
• Support to help maintaining, restoring and enhancing the beauty of the country’s heritage and to help with the increase in engagement and access to the environment for the general public
• Support to help improve the health and welfare of the country’s livestock

In the period between the introduction of the original bill in 2018 and the current bill published, the Government has also taken account of feedback they have received from the agricultural industry and therefore does focus more on food production than the previous bill.
The headlines that are new within the bill, are those which cover our food security, soil quality and animal traceability service, fertiliser regulation and organics regulation.

Importantly, the government has now recognised food security as an essential for the UK as we leave the EU and is now recognising that approximately 28% of food eaten within the UK comes from EU countries. They have set out that they will be looking within this bill and future policy at global food availability, the resilience of the supply chain of food into the UK, food safety and consumer confidence within food produced.
In this current changing climate, things are moving very fast and included within the bill the government has set out a transition period for the phasing out of direct subsidy payments within England and to move to the new policies that they will be introducing. This transition period is set out to be a 7-year period starting in 2021 and ending in 2027.

PFK will be keeping a close eye on all progress and will be well positioned to assist with the changes that will come about and help with the move towards a new agricultural support system. To discuss with an expert, call us on 01768 866611 or email landagency@pfk.co.uk

Meet David Stout - PFK's Head of Land Agency

February 2020 News

In the first of a series of videos, David Stout introduces PFK Land Agency and talks about the process of becoming a RICS qualified Land Agent. [embed]https://vimeo.com/389217042[/embed] For further information on Land Agency Services, call us on 01768 866611 or email landagency@pfk.co.uk.…

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Meet David Stout - PFK's Head of Land Agency

February 2020

In the first of a series of videos, David Stout introduces PFK Land Agency and talks about the process of becoming a RICS qualified Land Agent.

For further information on Land Agency Services, call us on 01768 866611 or email landagency@pfk.co.uk.

To Let - Land at West View, Temple Sowerby

February 2020 Property News

An opportunity to rent grazing and arable land located in and around Temple Sowerby extending in total to 153.51 acres (62.13 ha) of thereabouts as a Whole. The…

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To Let - Land at West View, Temple Sowerby

February 2020 News

An opportunity to rent grazing and arable land located in and around Temple Sowerby extending in total to 153.51 acres (62.13 ha) of thereabouts as a Whole.

The land is classified as Grade 2 & 3 and is currently down to grass with the exception of field 11 in Lot 1 which is currently arable.

The land was formerly part of West View Farm and has been well farmed for many years.
• 153.51 acres (62.13 ha) or thereabouts.
• Available to let on a three year Farm Business Tenancy.
• Available from 1st April 2020.
• Available as a Whole or as 6 Lots.
• BPS included.
• To Let by Informal Tender.
• Offers to be submitted by Thursday 12th March 2020.

For further information, contact PFK Land Agency on 01768 866611 or email landagency@pfk.co.uk

PRELIMINARY ANNOUNCEMENT

January 2020 Property Property

Land to Let - West View, Temple Sowerby ? 3 year Farm Business Tenancy from 1st April ? BPS included ? 150 acres (approx.) ? Available as a whole or as 6 Lots To register…

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PRELIMINARY ANNOUNCEMENT

January 2020 Property

Land to Let – West View, Temple Sowerby
? 3 year Farm Business Tenancy from 1st April
? BPS included
? 150 acres (approx.)
? Available as a whole or as 6 Lots

To register your interest, contact PFK Land Agency 01768 866611 or landagency@pfk.co.uk

A New Year, in more ways than one

January 2020 News News

As a New Year begins, David Stout talks about the opportunities that come with it… A new year and a new decade brings with it a genuine feeling of increased…

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A New Year, in more ways than one

January 2020 News

As a New Year begins, David Stout talks about the opportunities that come with it…

A new year and a new decade brings with it a genuine feeling of increased opportunity coming as it does on the back of an end to the political uncertainty which has dogged the country over the last few years and also the hope that Brexit can now be finally moved forward.

Close scrutiny of the Government’s new manifesto highlights once again the need for the professional services sector to ensure that a proactive approach is taken to the provision of sound advice and adding value to client’s interests. There is already much talk of changes to the law affecting residential tenancies with potential increased security being given to tenants, a more or less certain swing towards environmental grants once the current Basic Payment Scheme runs its course, as well as the usual plethora of tweaks to the tax system.

Add to that, the increased publicity being given to veganism and the future of the meat industry, there is plenty to keep those of us in the land and property sector busy. In many ways, that encapsulates the roll of the modern-day land agent, requiring the combination of knowledge and experience from the past and the willingness to embrace change to ensure clients are given the best possible service in managing their assets.
The sales market remains strong, albeit slightly back on it’s previous highs, but we remain confident that well-presented land, farms and property will always achieve a successful sale.

Planning ahead is undoubtedly a good way of running any business and the team at PFK Land Agency are both well-placed and qualified to assist existing and future clients in this regard.

For further information contact David Stout and the team at PFK Land Agency on 01768 866611 or landagency@pfk.co.uk.

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