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The Countryside Stewardship Capital Grants Scheme opened on 9th February 2021 and combines the Water Quality grant with the Hedgerows and Boundaries grants with a much wider range of options. It is a two year grant directed towards capital works in three categories, these being boundaries, trees and orchards; water quality and air quality. The primary…

In March 2020 as part of the Budget, the Government committed to the preparation of a Spatial Framework for the Oxford to Cambridge Arc to guide the direction of development in this recognised growth corridor. The proposed framework looks to focus on strategic opportunities for growth, improved connectivity including the East West Rail project and…

We all hope the recent wintry weather is behind us and we can look forward to spring. However, with all the recent inclement weather, it is critical we ensure our buildings have survived and are maintained in good condition for the rest of the year. It is not just snow that causes issues; it’s also…

The last twelve months has seen a turbulent time for the construction industry (as with most sectors) with the effects of COVID 19 being felt, causing staffing interruptions and material availability issues. It was well publicised that the national housebuilders took the decision to shut construction sites in the first lockdown of 2020 and many…

2020 was a year of uncertainty which impacted on business growth, strategy and vision for the future for many but this certainly was not felt or seen in the commercial property market. 2020 commercial market 2020 forced a number of companies to adapt and change their business model and their way of working. Which area…

Whether you own a single domestic property or have a diverse portfolio of commercial properties, it’s essential your assets are insured for the correct amount. In the financial wake of the pandemic, the last thing you need is to realise a shortfall in your insurance cover. Don’t be left out of pocket If your property is…

The Party Wall etc Act 1996 has been applicable to building projects outside London for over 23 years. Our expert in party wall matters, Stuart Brown, has been involved in administering the Act since inception. Despite the pandemic, 2020 saw Stuart involved in over 100 party wall Awards and related matters. These ranged from re-roofing…

If your property has been affected following the recent inclement weather, it can be a very traumatic and stressful experience. For any significant claim following a fire, flood or structural damage, your insurance company will appoint a loss adjuster and their own surveyors to investigate the details of the damage and manage the claims process….

The land market throughout 2020 was subject to a number of unusual external factors, the main one being COVID 19, although BREXIT has also had an impact. This has consequently led to the supply of farmland across the United Kingdom reaching a record low. However, farmland values remained strong with good levels of demand, showing…

We have been eagerly awaiting the latest information from Defra on changes to agricultural policy following Brexit and our withdrawal from the Common Agricultural Policy. On 30th November we received the England’s Agricultural Transition Plan which sets out Defra’s future plans. The Plan covers the following: Reductions in the Basic Payment Scheme Development of the…