WebbPaton would like to say a huge congratulations to George King who has just passed his Assessment of Professional Competence today and is now a well-deserved member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.


Offers are now being received for Round 2 of the Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme. If you have received an offer email/letter you must respond to the RPA by a given date confirming your acceptance or rejection of the application. Please also be sure to check the date when all items applied for must be purchased. This information is detailed two paragraphs after the table of items.

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact WebbPaton on 01793 842055.


Round 2 of the Countryside Productivity Small Grants (CPSG) scheme closed to applications on 3rd September earlier this year.  Since this time the RPA has been checking claims and now awaits a decision from DEFRA regarding the level of funding available for the applications received.  At present the RPA is not in a position to confirm when agreement offers will start to be issued to successful applicants.

Please be reminded that items included in an application should not be ordered or purchased before receiving confirmation from the RPA that your CPSG has been approved.  Once approved, all items included as part of an application must be purchased in order for the grant to be reclaimed.  If your application is unsuccessful we are aware that there will be a CPSG Round 3.

If you have any questions regarding a current application or would like to know more about the CPSG scheme please contact WebbPaton on 01793 842055.


It is that time of year again when mud and soil can very easily end up on public roads. Make sure you stay within the law and are aware of your liabilities to avoid being prosecuted under the Highways Act 1980 and/ or the Road Traffic Act 1988. If the Highways Authority have to clean the road on your behalf they will look to recover the costs from you. To make sure you stay within the law here are some helpful tips:

  • Do everything possible to prevent mud being deposited on the road. This includes cleaning mud from vehicles as far as practicable before they are taken onto the road. The fact that cleaning mud off tractors and attachments is commercially inconvenient may not be a defence in law.
  • Only use signs that are authorised. The recommended signs are: The ‘Slippery Road’ triangle with ‘Mud on Road’ sub plate and, if appropriate, the ‘Men at Work’ sign should be used. Signs must be at least 750mm.
  • Make sure signs are positioned to give maximum visibility and warning to other road users.
  • Clean the road as necessary during the working day and always at the end of the working day.
  • Where a contractor is used, ensure that prior agreement is reached on who is responsible for mud on road issues (signage, cleaning etc) and ensure that adequate public liability insurance is in place.

If you have any queries on this please contact one of the WebbPaton team on 01793 842055.


Most of us are now aware of the ability to use Class Q permitted development rights to change the use of an agricultural building to a residential dwelling, without the need to apply for full planning permission. What is less obvious is the subtle difference between Class Qa and Class Qb applications.

Class Qa allows for planning permission to be obtained for change of use to residential only, as opposed to Class Qb which is the change of use together with reasonably necessary building operations. Class Qa may save applicants time and money by checking whether the proposal is acceptable in principle, before applying for a full application. This difference has not been made clear by local authorities and may result between a planning application being successful or refused.

The WebbPaton team are on hand to help with any Class Q applications and a wider range of planning matters in general. To talk to one of the team please ring 01793 842055 or email


The State Opening of Parliament took place on Monday, with the Queen’s Speech setting out the government’s agenda for the next session of Parliament.

It was announced that The Agriculture Bill will be reintroduced, whilst an Environment Bill will look to “enshrine principles in law” and set legally binding “improvement targets” to reduce plastics, cut air pollution, restore biodiversity and improve water quality.

WebbPaton will track progress on the above and provide further updates when more is known.

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss plans to future proof your farming business please ring and speak to one of the team on 01793 842055.


1st October

Ecological Focus Area (EFA) cover crops should have been established by this date and retained until at least 15th January in the following year.

This also marks the start of closed period for applying organic manure with a high, readily available nitrogen content to cultivated land on soils which are not shallow or sandy, within a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ).  This includes slurry, poultry manures and sewage sludge.  See SMR1 of the 2019 Guide to Cross Compliance for further information.

14th October

EFA catch crops must be retained until at least this date.

15th October

This marks the start of the closed period for applying organic manure with a high, readily available nitrogen content to grassland on soils that are not shallow or sandy, within a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ).

Please contact us on 01793 842055 if you would like further information regarding the greening rules or NVZs.


On Monday 30th September, six members of the WebbPaton team completed the 87 mile walk along the Ridgeway Trail. They set off on Friday morning and finished late on Monday afternoon, walking approximately 22 miles each day. It was an amazing achievement, not without its struggles – soggy feet, aches and pains, blisters, and missing toenails to name but a few!

Thank you to everyone who joined them along the way and gave them a much needed boost, it was very much appreciated.

If you haven’t already done so, please help us in our effort to raise £20,000 for the Farming Community Network and Macmillan Cancer Support. You can donate on our Virgin Money Giving page, transfer money directly into our fundraising bank account or send us a cheque.

Our Virgin Money Giving page is at:

Our fundraising bank account details are:

Account name: WebbPaton 20th Anniversary Charity Account

Account number: 73024040

Account Sort code: 20-84-58

Please send cheques to: WebbPaton 20th Anniversary, The Dairy, Hook, Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, SN4 8EF


The exchange rate for 2019 BPS payments has been confirmed as 1 Euro = £0.89092, being the average exchange rate set throughout September.  This is very similar to last year’s exchange rate where 1 Euro = £0.89281.  Please see for further information.


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