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COUNTRYSIDE PRODUCTIVITY SMALL GRANTS SCHEME ROUND 2 – UPDATE

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October
21

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.

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WARNING: MUD ON ROADS

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October
18

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.

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CLASS Q PLANNING: AGRICULTURAL TO RESIDENTIAL USE

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October
17

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 post@webbpaton.co.uk

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***BREAKING NEWS*** ***BREAKING NEWS*** ***BREAKING NEWS***

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October
16

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.

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A REMINDER OF SOME KEY FARMING DATES IN OCTOBER

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October
9

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.

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WEBBPATON’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY – RIDGEWAY CHALLENGE

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October
2

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:

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/TheWebbPatonRidgewayWalk

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

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2019 BPS EXCHANGE RATE SET

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October
1

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 Gov.uk for further information.

 

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FARM XS JOB VACANCY

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September
10

Farm XS are looking for a full time Assistant Administrator supporting Catherine Elmes who runs the operation on a day to day basis. The role is based at our rural office at Hook near Royal Wootton Bassett.

This is a new role and would suit someone looking to gain experience who has good computer skills (literacy and numeracy), IT/database knowledge, a friendly telephone manner and good eye for detail. Ideally with a rural background or interest in country pursuits and activities.

For a more detailed job description, or to apply, send your CV to Tracey@webbpaton.co.uk

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WELCOME BACK HELEN!

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September
2

We are pleased to welcome back Helen Wiltshire to our professional team as a full time Rural Surveyor, having recently left Harper Adams University with a first class honours degree in Rural Enterprise and Land Management. Many of you may already recognise her as she has done many stints of work experience with us over the last few years. Helen will be working towards becoming a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers over the next couple of years.

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RIDGEWAY CHALLENGE – THE COUNTDOWN IS UNDERWAY!

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August
29

With four weeks to go until we set off on our challenge, we would be particularly pleased to see anybody who wants to walk – or, as the western half of the Ridgeway is a bridle path, ride – with us. We envisage the final day will be the closest for most, our planned itinerary is below, and it would be great to see anybody who wants to join in for part or all of the day.

Day 1 – Friday 27th September – Ivinghoe Beacon to Chinnor (22.5 miles)

Day 2 – Saturday 28th September - Chinnor to Streatley (22 miles)

Day 3 – Sunday 29th September – Streatley to Ashbury (22.5 miles)

Day 4 – Monday 30th September – Ashbury to Overton Hill (20 miles)

We will be starting our walk at 8.00am each morning. If you would like to join us during day 1 -3 please get in contact with us so we can keep you updated on timings and locations.

Our schedule for Day 4 is as follows:

Start – 8.00am at the junction of the Ridgeway & the B4000 close to Ashbury

Short rest - 10.00am at the crossroads on the B4192 immediately south of the M4

Lunch - 1.00pm at SN8 1SX on the Draycot Foliat to Ogbourne St George Road

Short rest - 3.45pm at Hackpen Hill on the Broad Hinton to Rockley Road

Recovery - 6.30pm at The Waggon & Horses, Beckhampton

 

Please donate

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:

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/TheWebbPatonRidgewayWalk

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

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WEBBPATON RIDGEWAY CHALLENGE

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August
22

WebbPaton turns twenty years old on 2nd September 2019!

To mark this milestone the WebbPaton team intend to walk the 87 miles along the Ridgeway Trail from Ivinghoe Beacon to Overton Hill near Avebury. We will set out on Friday 27th September and plan to complete the trail on Monday 30th September.

We will be raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support and The Farming Community Network. Both of these charities are close to the team, family and friends of WebbPaton.

Our charities

The Farming Community Network (FCN) is a voluntary organisation and charity that supports farmers and families within the farming community through difficult times. They have a network of over 400 volunteers across England and Wales, many of whom are involved in farming, or have close links with agriculture, and therefore have a great understanding of the issues farm workers and farming families regularly face.

Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer. One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Macmillan Cancer Support aims to help everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can, providing physical, financial and emotional support. Life with cancer is still life, and Macmillan helps people continue to live it as normally as possible.

Please donate

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:

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/TheWebbPatonRidgewayWalk

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

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SWINDON EMERGING LOCAL PLAN 2036 CONSULTATION

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August
19

Swindon Borough Council are currently consulting on alternative strategies for their emerging Local Plan.  This will be the guidance for the future development and land uses across the whole of Swindon for the period to 2036.  The Consultation period ends on 23rd September.

Farmers and Landowners should contact WebbPaton on 01793 842055 if they want their land promoted for residential development, employment use, leisure or other uses.

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THE COUNTRYSIDE PRODUCTIVITY SMALL GRANT SCHEME ROUND 2 IS NOW OPEN

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August
9

The Countryside Productivity Small Grant scheme Round 2 is now open providing funding for farmers to purchase equipment to improve the productivity of their farm. It offers farmers in England grants of between £3,000 and £12,000 to invest in specific pieces of agricultural equipment. Popular items include:

-  Mobile & fixed cattle / sheep handling systems

-  Manual & automatic cattle crushes

-  Rotating cow brushes

-  Variable rate controller for sprayers & fertiliser spreaders

-  Dribble bars

Application deadline – midday on 3 September 2019.

Please get in contact with one of our team at WebbPaton if you would like more information.

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WEBBPATON SEEK MISS MONEYPENNY

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May
20

Mark Webb & George Paton are recruiting a Senior Sec/PA/Administrator for a very varied role in their administration team at WebbPaton in Hook near Royal Wootton Bassett. Susan Elmes is stepping down in June after 21 years with us, and we need a replacement who can organise events such as our annual conferences, and take care of the smooth day to day running of the office along with another PA/Administrator.

Ideally with a rural background or interest in country pursuits and activities, we need a team player with good literacy and numeracy, knowledge of Microsoft Office, plus IT/database/social media knowledge and good interpersonal skills enabling rapport when speaking with our farming clients to make this varied and challenging role their own.

Contact us on 01793 842055 to find out more or apply with CV to Susan@WebbPaton.co.uk.

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FINAL TWO DAYS TO BUY ENTITLEMENTS

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May
13

With just two working days to buy or top up entitlements claimants are urged to call us with some urgency for prices and to discuss payment arrangements.  Entitlements can still be transferred before the deadline of midnight on 15th May but only after WebbPaton have received cleared funds in our Client Account.  Call 01793 842055 or email susan@webbpaton.co.uk with your requirements or to discuss price and availability.

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ENTITLEMENTS

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April
10

Basic Payment Scheme entitlements are required in order to claim farm subsidies.  WebbPaton buy and sell England Non-SDA and SDA entitlements for clients.  We also assist clients with completing their claims, answering questions on the RPA rules and cross compliance issues.  The claim deadline is 15th May each year.  The BPS which is outside of Brexit, is due to continue in some form until 2027.  In 2018 it paid claimants at £228/hectare (£90/acre) and is subject to the euro exchange rate.

 

WebbPaton have entitlements available for £120 each plus VAT, or £135 no VAT.  If you need entitlements, or if you are wondering if you are eligible to claim, just give us a call on 01793 842055 or email post@webbpaton.co.uk for further details.

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LADY DAY TENANCY REMINDER

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March
14

A reminder that Lady Day (25th March) – a traditional start date and term date for agricultural tenancies – is approaching.

 

Depending on the terms of the tenancy, this may provide an opportunity for the landlord or the tenant to seek a rent review or terminate the tenancy. If you received a rent review notice last year, Lady Day also marks the deadline for concluding negotiations or appointing an arbitrator if these are set to continue.

 

It is important to check the terms of your tenancy as each individual agreement is different. If you would like further advice please contact WebbPaton on 01793 842055.

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GRAZING AGREEMENTS

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March
14

As spring rapidly approaches many landowners will be looking to grant a Grazing and Mowing Licence over the summer months.

 

It is important to make sure Grazing and Mowing Licences are formally documented, this way both the landowner and the grazier can be sure of the terms of the agreement reached.

 

Annually WebbPaton draw up a large number of Grazing and Mowing Licences and would be delighted to assist you with your 2019 Grazing and Mowing Licence.

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SWINDON-OXFORD TRANSPORT ROUTE

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March
7

Oxfordshire Growth Board is consulting on where development could be in Oxfordshire between now and 2050. WebbPaton are acting for a number of farming clients promoting land throughout Oxfordshire. If you would like us to put your land forward please contact us.

We have submitted a detailed case this week that the A420 corridor between Swindon and Oxford should be upgraded. With the two towns only 27 miles apart this is a good corridor for economic development. Currently the proposed Cambridge to Oxford Expressway finishes at Didcot, so it is pointing that future traffic will travel the 49 miles from Oxford via Didcot and Newbury and then down the M4 to Junction 15 at Swindon. The question is: will lorries and traffic moving east to west across the country travel the 22 miles further or will it just add to the burden of the already overused A420 route?

With the Oxfordshire Growth Board calling for ideas the concept of new villages between Oxford and Swindon and the dualling of the A420 could see the pressure taken off elsewhere in Oxford along the most direct route to the West Country.

This was brought up at England’s Economic Heartland Committee Meeting in January. The thought of using the CAMKOX Expressway route to link Harwich to Avonmouth via Milton Keynes & Swindon makes a strong economic case.

For more details please contact George Paton at WebbPaton.

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HEDGEROW & BOUNDARY GRANTS

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March
7

A reminder that the 2019 Hedgerow and Boundary Grant application window opened 18th February and closes 3rd May. The Grant is a competitive scheme designed to help restore existing farm boundaries, and bring environmental and landscape benefits to your land. Only one application for each farm business can be applied for each application round, with the maximum grant available being £10,000.

Please get in touch with us if you are interested on 01793 842055.