Is it a barn or a dwelling? Class Q explained.

Thoughts from Iain Skinner BSc(Hons) MRICS, principal of Skinner Holden Property Advisors. The General Permitted Development Order lists all of the changes of use and construction that can be undertaken without planning permission.  Some require a simplified submission and others do not require any submission at all. Following a successful trial period, in 2015 [...]

By |2023-11-29T14:37:35+00:00April 5th, 2023|Rural Matters|

Valuations for Inheritance Tax and other purposes

Often left to family members, being an executor for someone’s will can be a time consuming and stressful task, at a time of emotional turmoil and grieving. Executors may use solicitors and other professionals to help in the process or pass all of the responsibility over to them. This article is not about the [...]

By |2023-11-29T14:37:56+00:00August 4th, 2020|Rural Matters|

Reviewing your rural business in light of Covid 19?

The shut-down and social distancing caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has changed societal behaviour in the short term and is likely to have long term effects on many activities that our businesses rely on. This article suggests what to considers when creating new income streams for your rural enterprise. So, whether you are looking [...]

By |2023-11-29T14:38:05+00:00August 4th, 2020|Rural Matters|

Natural Capital, Hippy Chic or Good Business Sense??

Like all new areas of business, the management of real estate to provide services to wider society has spawned a rash of jargon which can clarify issues but can also create a smoke screen for those looking for opportunities. This article will demystify some of the jargon and help developers, farmers and land-owners to [...]

By |2023-11-29T14:38:13+00:00August 3rd, 2020|Rural Matters|

Green Belt – Does that mean I can’t develop my land?

The concept of Green Belt in England was introduced around London in 1938 and extended to other cities from 1955. 15 towns and cities now have a green belt policy to prevent urban sprawl. They are: Newcastle Upon Tyne, York, Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool, Nottingham, Stoke on Trent, Birmingham & Coventry, Cambridge, London, Oxford, [...]

By |2023-11-29T14:39:01+00:00March 27th, 2018|Rural Matters|

Reviewing your rural business?

Following on from the last thought piece, this article considers what you should take into account when thinking about creating new income streams for your rural enterprise. Many business expansion projects are driven by the requirement for more revenue. Even though this maybe the case, it is important to put the financial issues to [...]

By |2023-11-29T14:39:09+00:00March 27th, 2018|Rural Matters|

Is Rural Diversification Dead?

I have been involved in agriculture and the rural economy since 1987, frightening to think that that is over 30 years ago now. We studied many agricultural enterprises, dairy, poultry, pigs, beef, sheep and arable. There was a separate enterprise called diversification. This considered many of the usual suspects; B&B, food production, equine etc [...]

By |2023-11-29T14:39:19+00:00March 1st, 2018|Rural Matters|