The RDPE Countryside Productivity Scheme provides funding for projects in England which improve productivity in the farming and forestry sectors. Under the RDPE Countryside Productivity Scheme, there are grants for:
- water resource management and reservoirs
- improving forestry productivity
- adding value to Agri-foods
- improving farm productivity
If you are interested in applying for any of the grants under the RDPE Countryside Productivity Scheme please contact George King at WebbPaton.
WebbPaton have sold a 515 dwelling residential development site to Legal and Genera Homes. This 78-acre site in Shrivenham, Oxfordshire was sold by WebbPaton for two landowning clients who entered into a Promotional Agreement with Welbeck Strategic Land. The development had outline planning for 515 new homes. It represents the third major site being brought forward by Legal & General Homes, bringing its housing pipeline to over 3,000 new homes. Construction for the first phase of new homes is due to start at the end of next year. The site is large enough to provide a full range of housing options, from one-bed apartments to four-bed detached family homes.
180 of the homes will be much-needed affordable housing and Legal & General will look to use modular construction from its factory in Leeds for this element of the site. By using traditional building techniques alongside modular construction, the team will be able to accelerate delivery on the ground. Legal & General has been involved in housing activities for nearly 20 years. It is committed to addressing the UK’s chronic housing shortage through delivering high-quality sustainable and enduring homes with plans in place to build more than 80,000 new homes over the next five to ten years.
James Lidgate, CEO of Legal & General Homes, commented: “As well as addressing the chronic shortfall of housing in the UK, Legal & General Homes is looking to regenerate the UK’s landscape for the better and build vibrant communities where people want to live, such as this sought after location in Oxfordshire. Using Legal & General’s long term capital, we are seeking to create a legacy that we are proud of. To do this, we want to challenge public perceptions of new homes by delivering a product that surpasses buildings of the past in terms of quality, efficiency and comfort, while ensuring the homes are carefully integrated into the community, providing much enhanced public realm, facilities and infrastructure.”
Alistair Watson, Senior Partner of Welbeck Strategic Land commented: “We are delighted to have secured a planning consent on behalf of the landowners and to have concluded a sale to Legal and General Homes and jointly with Legal and General Homes to have contributed towards delivering homes to alleviate the current housing shortage.”
George Paton of WebbPaton commented “This is WebbPaton’s 5th major residential development site sale in the last 12 months which include selling 200 dwellings at Faringdon, 350 dwellings at Blunsdon, 116 dwellings at Shrivenham, 112 dwellings at Steventon and 87 dwellings at Swindon. We have acted for the two landowners throughout from when the land had no planning chance all the way through planning. This sale shows the benefit of landowners entering into a Promotional Agreement rather than an Option Agreement. We are always happy to act for any landowner who needs advice on how to promote their land for residential development. Now is a good time to bring forward land as the Swindon and the Wiltshire Local Plan Reviews are now underway.”
WebbPaton have postponed our annual round of seminars in late January/early February. The main topic of interest currently is the future of farming policy post Brexit, which is largely unknown. It has been confirmed that BPS 2019 will be on the same basis as now and there will be a five year transition period post-BPS 2019, which would see BPS remaining until 2024 but with the introduction of a cap on larger payments. We are planning to rearrange our annual seminars at a later date as soon as there is some more clarity as to the way forward, meanwhile the team at WebbPaton will keep abreast of the latest developments and share this knowledge with individual clients as and when we meet.
The application window for the Woodland Creation Grant is now open. These are two-year capital grants of up to £6,800 per hectare, with the opportunity to apply for ten-year annual maintenance payments. Applications must be submitted by 16th February 2018. If you are interested in applying for the Woodland Creation Grant please contact Libby Barron at WebbPaton.
The Countryside Stewardship Scheme will be open for applications again in 2018 with the first focus being on the expanded Hedgerow and Boundaries Grant. The maximum spend for improvements to hedgerows, stone walls, etc on any one farm has been increased from £5,000 to £10,000 with applications to be submitted by 30th April. If you are interested in this grant please email Becky Meredith on email@example.com before commencing the work. Alternatively you can ring Becky (or speak to whoever is your normal contact at WebbPaton if you are an existing client) on 01793 842055.
WebbPaton are delighted to announce that Becky Meredith has recently passed the RICS exams and also exams for the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) with flying colours and is now a Fellow of the Association. This professional qualification denotes an in-depth knowledge of a wide range of countryside & property matters. Becky joins others in our team who have achieved this mark of excellence enabling us to provide well-informed advice to our clients. Her specialisms include Basic Payment Scheme claims, Countryside Stewardship (including Hedgerow & Boundaries Grants), and rural property valuations.
WebbPaton have received instructions to sell Basic Payment Scheme entitlements which have been placed on our website. The Rural Payments Agency will open the online transfer system in February, but meanwhile we are happy to discuss your requirements and take offers from potential buyers or to help you make an informed choice with your business decision-making.
Contact us by email or telephone – firstname.lastname@example.org or 01793 842055.
Mark Webb and George Paton are delighted to welcome George King to the professional team at WebbPaton.
George, 22, grew up on a livestock farm in Leicestershire and completed his BSc (Hons) degree in Rural Land Management at The Royal Agricultural University in 2016. Following graduation George pursued a career in Land Management at Carter Jonas for a year before joining WebbPaton in August 2017 as a Graduate Agricultural Valuer. George will be working towards taking his CAAV exams and Royal Institute of Rural Surveyors exam in the autumn of 2018.
In his spare time George enjoys skiing, shooting, playing tennis and partaking in Tough Mudder events.
The Dairy Show at the Bath & West Showground takes place on Wednesday 4th October. This is the UK’s largest dairy show with many trade stands and over 300 cattle entries. Come and take a seat and enjoy some refreshments with the WebbPaton team in the Edmund Rack Pavilion.
The European Commission has published updated greening rules which will come into effect from 1 January 2018 and logically affects cropping for this autumn. The main changes to the 2018 greening rules are as follows:
- A complete ban on the use of Plant Protection Products on Ecological Focus Area (EFA) Fallow Land, EFA Catch and Cover Crops, and EFA Nitrogen-fixing Crops is introduced. The ban applies from the time of sowing the crop, even if this is before 1 January 2018, to harvesting. The ban also applies to seed dressings.
- EFA catch crops must be maintained for a minimum of 8 weeks starting on 20 August 2018 and must be retained until at least 14 October 2018. The period for EFA cover crops remains at 1 October to 15 January of the following year.
- As part of crop diversification, you can declare an area as ‘mixed crops’ that contains small areas of different crops grown next to each other. Individually these would otherwise be too small to claim (these are areas less than 0.01ha) but can be claimed as one ‘mixed crop’ area.
- The EFA option for hedges is extended in definition to include trees in a line. The EFA value will remain the same – each metre of length equals 10 square metres of area for EFA (as long as if you claim this option you have management responsibility for both sides of the hedge and/or line of trees).
- The EFA buffer strips option is extended in definition to include field margins as well as buffer strips. In addition to buffer strips adjacent or parallel with a water course, you can also claim field margins towards your EFA. The minimum width of 1 metre remains. The EFA value of field margins will be the same as EFA buffer strips – every metre in length equals 9 square metres of area for EFA.
If you would like to discuss any of the changes to greening requirements further please do not hesitate to contact one of our team at WebbPaton.
Trading has started on Basic Payments for 2017. WebbPaton buy and sell BPS entitlements. For more information and latest prices call Susan Elmes on 01793 842055 or email email@example.com.
We also provide cross compliance and BP5 advice, so if you’re busy and need some help give us a call on the same number to explore how we can assist.
Natural England are reporting that agreement offers for 2016 Countryside Stewardship applications should be received by applicants between the end of this month to the end of March, depending on the complexity of the application.
Originally it was anticipated that agreement offers would be sent to applicants before the Christmas period however, Natural England have failed to meet this deadline.
All agreements which are accepted will be backdated to the 1st January 2017.
WebbPaton remain on hand to deal with any queries concerning 2016 applications and the whole of the Countryside Stewardship scheme moving forward in to 2017.
WebbPaton will be closed for the Christmas break from the afternoon of Wednesday 21st December until 9.00am on Tuesday 3rd January. If you wish to telephone 01793 842055 you can leave a message on our answering service, and we will pick it up on our return.
Meanwhile all at WebbPaton would like to thank our Clients and Customers for their business in 2016, and wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas, and a Happy and Successful New Year.
The RPA have begun to remit the 2016 BPS payments on time, with WebbPaton clients reporting receipt of funds in their bank accounts today. Remittance advices are also arriving with the morning post. As part of our service to BPS clients we will be checking that they are correct.
Meanwhile, online transfers of land and/or entitlements prior to the 2017 claims submission period should be available from mid January and mid February respectively. Paper RLE1 forms can be submitted prior to that but are unlikely to be processed by the RPA until after the 15th May 2017 deadline.
WebbPaton are available to trade entitlements between sellers and buyers in anticipation of submitting the transfer when online transfers commence.
Coming soon! When the festive season has faded to a memory WebbPaton will be running our popular annual Farm Business Update meetings. This year we will include an update on the evergreen topic of Basic Payment Scheme and Cross Compliance, a look at life after Brexit for farm businesses, renewables, and helpful tips on farm building conversions, avoiding farm disasters, duty of care and so on. This will all be followed by a freshly-cooked hot supper with our compliments. Farmers and farming-related solicitors, accountants and bankers are invited to come along, just call to reserve a place.
Doors open for registration from 6.30pm onwards with a free bar, then the seminars will all commence at 7.30pm on the following dates:
Monday 23rd January at Chippenham Golf Club, Malmesbury Road SN15 5LT
Wednesday 25th January at North Wilts Golf Club, Bishops Cannings, Devizes SN10 2LP
Monday 30th January at Wrag Barn Golf & Country Club, Highworth SN6 7QQ
Tuesday 31st January at Wrag Barn Golf & Country Club, Highworth SN6 7QQ
Thursday 2nd February at The Wiltshire Hotel & Golf Club, Vastern, Royal Wootton Bassett SN4 7PB
The seminars are sponsored by the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation. Catherine Elmes of Farm XS Ltd will also be available to answer any queries on farm waste recycling and handing out recycled black bin bags.
Susan Elmes at WebbPaton will be happy to supply further details or to reserve you a place. Call her on 01793 842055
The RPA have announced entitlement values for 2016. When converted from euros to sterling this year’s improved exchange rate of €1 = £0.85228 has helped lift the payment by 16.5% compared to 2015. The Financial Discipline Mechanism (FDM) rate applicable to payments in excess of €2,000 has been confirmed by the European Commission as 1.353905%.
Non SDA payments including greening for 2016 will be €252.98 (£215.61).
SDA payments including greening for 2016 will be €251.16 (£214.06).
Moorland payments including greening for 2016 will be €66.36 (£56.56).
The team at WebbPaton remain ready to answer any queries on BPS and entitlements, and to offer assistance (if needed) with handling BPS claims and Defra matters.
Interest in trading entitlements for the 2017 claim year has begun to pick up in the last few days. Sellers are coming forward to claim an early sale, but more is needed. With at least two claim years available BPS entitlements are a worthwhile investment for farmers with eligible land, the returns being unmatched. Call WebbPaton to chat to a member of our team, and if you would like help with putting your claim together we can do that too. To explore how we can assist please ring 01793 842055.
With less than one week of entitlement trading left before the RPA entitlement transfer window for 2016 closes on 16th May purchasers are urged to buy their extra entitlements sooner rather than later. Whilst it is not too late to buy, payment must be on a same day transfer.
Entitlements sales rose over the past week but prices are steady at £160 to £180 each for England non-SDA. WebbPaton have a few SDA entitlements for sale at £220 each.
Supplies of non-SDA without VAT for those buyers who are not VAT registered are currently readily available.
Call our friendly entitlement trading team on 01793 842055, or you can email Susan Elmes on firstname.lastname@example.org. Offers can also be made through this website.
WebbPaton have Basic Payment Scheme entitlements for sale. With the slow delivery of 2015 Entitlement Claim Statements and still a large number of unpaid claims its unsurprising that trading has been quieter this year.
When you complete your claim for 2016 you may find you have a shortfall in the number of entitlements that you require. We have SDA and entitlements without VAT; as a guide prices for England non-SDA are currently around £200 each plus VAT, but this can vary so call WebbPaton for a price on 01793 842055. Our helpful team will guide you through the process of purchase and transfer, so that’s one less worry for you.
The window for Woodland Creation grants under the new Countryside Stewardship has now opened for applications. This is a standalone grant under the main Countryside Stewardship scheme which provides a one-off payment towards the cost of supplying and planting trees and associated items, such as fencing, required to create a woodland. The grant is competitive and applications will be scored and accepted subject to the available budget.
The application window for Woodland Creation grants is open until 31st March 2016. Successful applicants will be issued an agreement from July 2016 onwards. For more information on how to apply please contact WebbPaton on 01793 842055.