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Over the last three years, we have seen a growing trend of landowners being approached by developers looking to develop new garden villages. These garden villages are often within the open countryside on land that we would not normally consider suitable for development as it is not adjoining any major settlement. The garden village concept…

The Government has launched a consultation on the Oxford to Cambridge Arc which is aimed to inform their approach and vision to the future of the Arc. The consultation will run for 12 weeks from 20th July to 12th October 2021. The Spatial Framework, which will be produced over the next two years, will set…

We are thrilled to announce that Hugo Bryan joined Robinson & Hall as Assistant Development Surveyor in July 2021. He studied at Harper Adams University gaining a degree in Rural Property Management. During his placement year Hugo worked for Pilkington Farms Partnership and Fisher German. He then worked for Harvard Knight and Harvard Knight Construction…

The opportunity to take advantage of funding available for heating your own home is shortly coming to an end. As previously reported, the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme finishes on 31st March 2022. This is a Government scheme which pays homeowners for heating homes by a renewable source, such as an air source heat…

There are a few points worth sharing with you on the ever changing world of planning. Reminder of new Permitted Development Rights that will come into effect from 1st August 2021 (see previous article here). The changes will enable the change of use of premises in a commercial, business or service purpose (Class E) to…

The Forest of Marston Vale Trust has secured unprecedented levels of funding from the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) to accelerate tree planting activity within the Marston Vale area of Bedfordshire over the next four years. Under this new “Trees for Climate” scheme, up to £8 million is available to support new…

As construction activity has surged in 2021, the availability of some materials has become extremely difficult. Many contractors are reporting issues regarding purchasing critical materials such as steel, cement, timber, roof tiles and plasterboard. High levels of global demand have resulted in shortages in the UK, which is directly affecting availability and lead times and…

Auction House Robinson & Hall, our auction department, has offered 48 lots so far this year and sold 46 of them, a staggering 96%. The lots offered have ranged from studio flats to large family homes and small parcels of land to an entire farm! Those which sell particularly well at auction are land, properties…

The Gables, Little Green Lane, Caddington, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 4EW This detached chalet house had extensive cracks throughout and an ongoing subsidence claim. It was originally due to enter our April 2020 auction but due to the pandemic, we offered the property in May instead at £320,000. This guide price was slightly above our recommended…

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has now published its consultation on the proposed changes to the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and future funding for farmers. This includes its proposals for a lump sum exit scheme and the approach to delinked payments in England post-2023. It includes details of potential eligibility criteria,…