Diversification

WebbPaton are able to offer advice to any farmer looking to diversify out of agriculture on any land or building tailored to your needs.  We can provide a total ‘one stop shop’ undertaking a viability assessment, obtaining planning permission, sorting out the Building Regulations, obtaining financial funding and available grants, marketing, checking the tenant’s credentials, writing the lease and managing the property in the future.

Over the years WebbPaton have assisted clients who have diversified into the following activities:

  • Farm shop
  • Holiday lets
  • Bed and breakfast
  • Office, workshop and storage space units
  • Live work units
  • Conversion of barns into dwellings
  • Grass boarding hills
  • Open farms
  • Educational farms
  • Wind farms
  • Anaerobic digester energy production
  • Solar farms
  • Biomass combined heat and power units
  • Cricket pavilions
  • Wind turbines
  • STOR sites

 

Farmyard development Wiltshire

Countryside Productivity Scheme

The Countryside Productivity Scheme forms part of the new Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) 2014-2020 and is aimed at improving productivity and efficiency in farming and forestry.  Small grants of between £2,500 – £35,000 or large grants of between £35,000 – £1 million are potentially available with each grant funding up to 40% of the project, although the applicant must be able to fund the whole project initially as claims for costs will be made in arrears.  The Countryside Productivity Scheme is an annual scheme and will open again for new applications in 2016.