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.
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.
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.
A reminder for anyone with a Countryside Stewardship agreement with the option Permanent Pasture with Low Inputs (GS2) in place. There is a small opportunity remaining to carry out the following activities by the 14th March before we enter the closed period under this option:
- Applying restricted amounts of fertiliser or FYM
- Undertake any activity which requires machinery
Please keep in mind for the coming months that under the requirements for GS2 you are not allowed to cut for hay or silage until the 1st July.
Please contact any member of our team if you have any questions regarding the above or about Countryside Stewardship in general.
If you own or occupy land with public rights of way (PROW) you have an obligation to keep routes open and accessible and clearly visible at all times of the year. PROW include footpaths, bridleways, restricted byways and byways open to all traffic (BOATs).
In practice this may mean:
- clearing hedgerow or vegetation growth over a PROW and making sure routes are not blocked by locked gates, barbed wire or fencing (including temporary fencing)
- maintaining stiles and gates in a safe and useable condition. In the event a structure needs to be replaced, speak to your local council who may contribute towards the cost.
- making good the surface of cross-field PROW within 14 days of it being disturbed. The minimum width of cross-field footpaths is 1m and 2m for bridleways.
These obligations are set out under GAEC 7b of the cross compliance rules. Breach of these rules may result in a penalty being applied to your BPS payment. For further information please contact one of the team at WebbPaton on 01793 842055.
This Friday, 1st March 2019, sees the start of the closed period that places a ban on cutting and trimming hedgerows and trees under cross compliance.
Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition (GAEC) 7a: Boundaries and 7c: Trees prevents all Basic Payment Scheme claimants, Countryside Stewardship agreement holders and Environmental Stewardship claimants from cutting/trimming hedges and trees between 1st March and 31st August (inclusive) on all eligible land in agricultural use. Those found to be in breach of these rules could see a financial penalty applied to their BPS or stewardship payments. Countryside Stewardship option BE3 further restricts the cutting of hedges within this period – check you agreement for detailed information.
However these cross compliance don’t apply to roadside hedges. Landowners and occupiers have a legal duty to control the growth of roadside hedges and trees, so as not to restrict visibility or otherwise obstruct the highway.
For further information about the hedge cutting rules or any other cross compliance requirements, please contact the WebbPaton office on 01793 842055.
The application window for the Small Grant Scheme has been delayed until late Spring. With ongoing technical issues still being identified from the first round of applications submitted last year, changes by the RPA continue to be made in an effort to simplify the scheme for 2019.
Funding looks to be the same this year with an overall budget of £30 million committed by the Government. An application requires a minimum spend of £3,000 and up to a maximum of £12,000, with up to 40% of the eligible costs funded within your application. Items available include but are not limited to:
- Rotating Cow Brush
- Auto Calf Feeder with Washing Facility
- Sheep Electronic Weigh Scales
- Pasture Plate Meter (Hand-held)
- GPS for Precision farming
- Electric Scraper Systems
Requirements of this scheme have proved very difficult resulting in many applications being rejected in 2018. If you are interested in applying please ring WebbPaton to avoid missing out on available funding. You can contact any of our team on 01793 842055, email firstname.lastname@example.org or DM us on Messenger.
As at 19th February 2019 97.4% of 2018 BPS claimants have been paid, with a total value of £1.68 billion.
Any farmers still waiting for their 2018 BPS payment at the end of March will be automatically offered a 75% bridging payment in early April.
The BPS window for 2019 applications opens on 13th March and closes on 15th May 2019. If you would like WebbPaton’s assistance with your 2019 BPS claim or with trading BPS entitlements please get in contact with one of our team on 01793 842055 or email@example.com.
Michael Gove has confirmed at today’s NFU Conference (19th February 2019) that bridging payments will be made for Countryside Stewardship 2018 claims, in light of the current slow progress of these payments being paid out by Natural England.
Bridging payments should start from early April and be made to Countryside Stewardship 2018 claimants who have not received a payment by the end of March 2019. Like last year, it is expected that the payments should be for 75% of the claim value held on the system at the time the payment.
To discuss CSS please ring us on 10793 842055.
The Countryside Stewardship Scheme opens today (18 February) for farmers and land managers. These agreements provide a viable, long-term source of income to those who deliver environmental benefits on their land. Farmers and land managers who are new to taking on environmental work or with expired or expiring Environmental Stewardship agreements can apply for Mid Tier, Higher Tier, Wildlife Offers and Hedgerows and Boundaries Capital Grant. The application deadlines are as follows:-
– Higher Tier – 3rd May 2019
– Mid Tier – 31st July 2019
– 4 Wildlife Offers – 31st July 2019
– Hedgerows and Boundaries Capital Grant – 3rd May 2019
You can contact one of our team to find out more on 01793 842055 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
WebbPaton have Basic Payment Scheme entitlements for sale for the 2019 claim year. We have England non-SDA and some 10.91 SDA entitlements. If you need a top up or you have eligible land and would like to claim farm subsidy payments ring WebbPaton for prices and/or advice on 01793 842055.
WebbPaton’s final three presentation evenings for farmers and landowners take place this week. Enthusiastically received so far, we are proud to say our contents are up-to-the minute, fact-based, fast-paced and highly informative. The AMC have sponsored the evening and there is a complimentary hot fork supper afterwards.
To book a seat at The Wiltshire Golf Club near Royal Wootton Bassett please ring 01793 842055. The evening commences at 6.30 on Thursday 31st January when doors open, and the presentation will begin promptly at 7.30.
We are delighted to hear from the RPA that they have successfully paid out two thirds of the Basic Payments claimants inside the first week of the payment window. WebbPaton act for several hundred claimants and as part of this professional service we shall be checking that the figures are correct.
If you would like to discuss whether or not to instruct an agent to take the strain of handling your claim in 2019 and find out what’s involved, please do give us a call on 01793 842055.
New to the market WebbPaton are offering New Farm Farmhouse at Marston, Devizes, SN10 5SP.
Guide price – in excess of £300,000
For details please see our Properties page or call WebbPaton on 01793 842055, or email email@example.com.
The exchange rate applicable to BPS 2018 payments has been confirmed as being €1 = £0.89281 (BPS 2017 €1 = £0.89470). Please see GOV.UK for further information.
WebbPaton are marketing a building plot with outline planning permission for either 4 x 2 bedroom semi detached houses or 3 x 3 bedroom detached houses or 2 x 4 bedroom houses. This residential development site in Lydiard Millicent, near Royal Wootton Bassett, Swindon, Wiltshire, suits both builders and self builders. The seller is prepared to sell in lots. For more details contact George Paton or go to WebbPaton’s Property section or click on Sale Particulars Lydiard Millicent
At last the news we have been waiting for. The government has announced a new Agriculture Bill which shines a light on its intentions regards post-Brexit change. Whilst it is anticipated that Basic Payments will continue at the same level in 2019 and 2020 (with some simplifications), there will be a period of phasing out between 2021 and 2027 during which time some of the money will be directed towards efficiency and production grants.
With an air of positivity Environment Secretary Michael Gove envisages a brighter future in farming, enabling the delivery of a Green Brexit to reward farmers for environmental work. He recognised that farmers require a gradual transition to allow them to plan ahead, as they will in future be paid for improvements to air, water, soil health, animal welfare standards, public access and flood reduction.
A new Environmental Land Management Scheme will be introduced. It will be trialled in 2019. It is anticipated that the Countryside Stewardship Scheme will continue to be open for applications in 2019 and 2020.
WebbPaton are pleased to announce that they have successful sold on behalf of landowning farming clients and Promoters Welbeck Land a 515 dwelling residential development site with outline planning permission. This site in Shrivenham Wiltshire has been sold to Legal and General Homes and Communities Ltd. WebbPaton’s George Paton has overseen this development from when there was no allocation for anything other than farmland to successfully obtaining outline planning permission for a 200 dwellings scheme and then a 315 dwellings scheme. The site adjoins the A420 on the Swindon to Oxford Road. L&G Homes and Communities Ltd will commence building in late 2018.
This development is one of 5 other residential sites sold in the last few months for local farmers by WebbPaton. The other sites being:
- 200 dwellings at Faringdon sold to Bellway.
- 116 dwellings at Shrivenham sold to Bovis.
- 96 dwellings at Steventon sold to Linden.
- 87 dwellings at Blunsdon sold to Linden.
- 42 dwellings at Shrivenham sold to Persimmon.
- 350 dwellings at Blunsdon sold to Redrow and Linden.
- 21 dwellings at Calne sold to Backhouse.
- 1 dwelling being a Class Q permitted development from agriculture to residential at Purton sold to a private buyer.
- 1 dwelling being a Class Q permitted development from agriculture to residential in Nottinghamshire sold to a private buyer.
- 75 dwelling at Pershore, Worcestershire sold subject to contract.
WebbPaton are currently about to market the following residential sites with planning:
- 4 dwellings at Lydiard Millicent.
- 370 dwellings at Wanborough.
- 350 dwellings at Thornbury.
If you have a farmland and you feel it may be suited to have houses built on it and need professional advice contact WebbPaton Residential Development team who will be very pleased to assist.