October 10, 2016

Judging at South Kilworth Riding Club

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Some of our Country Home and Equestrian team members took on a rather different role at the South Kilworth Riding Club Show last month (September) by acting as judges at the event. As one of the club’s sponsors, Andrew Granger & Co were invited to judge the ‘Fun Classes’ at the show which is held […]

October 9, 2016

Letting equestrian property

letting equestrian property

Letting property to equestrians can be a great way to generate income, attract investment into redundant buildings or ensure estate properties are occupied and looked after. But don’t rush into it; staying within the regulations is the key to protecting our client’s interest in the property as well as keeping them within the law. Houses with Land Currently, most residential property […]

October 4, 2016

Land Registration

Land Registration

The aim of Land Registration is to provide a reliable record of information about ownership and interests affecting land and to simplify the transfer of interests in land. Land Registration is the process of registering ownership of land and property, or leasehold interests with a period of more than 7 years on a lease, with the Land Registry. You will have to […]

September 21, 2016

Business Rates Review

business rates review

Business Rates are levied on business properties. Whilst they do not normally apply to farm properties, some rural property portfolios can include workshops, rural offices etc. which are liable for business rates. The Valuation Office Agency are updating the rateable value of all business properties – this will come into effect from 1st April 2017. In October 2016 the draft rateable values will […]

September 13, 2016

Charity begins at …

selling and leasing charity property

Rupert Harrison, Director in our Rural Department, explores the process of selling and leasing charity property. The Charity sector contributes significantly to social care and wellbeing and a specialist area of the Rural Department’s work is the management and sale of charity land. Our charity clients range from large institutions through to the small village charity which owns a single field. Whatever […]

September 6, 2016

Andrew Granger Rural team feature in RICS/RAU Land Survey report

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We’re pleased to announce that the Andrew Granger Rural team’s comments to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Royal Agricultural University (RAU) Land Survey have been published as part of the H1 2016 report. The RICS/RAU Rural Land Market Survey is a survey on demand, supply and prices in the farmland market. The […]

August 30, 2016

Inheritance Tax – The Residence Nil Rate Band

inheritance tax regulations

Ensuring that the family farm or estate can be successfully passed to the next generation is critical to many rural businesses. There has been a useful change in the inheritance tax rules which helps this process. Inheritance Tax (IHT) Inheritance tax (IHT) is levied on a taxpayer at their death, with the value of their estate calculated at the date of […]

August 23, 2016

Livestock Movement Regulations

livestock movement regulations

Keepers of cattle, sheep, goats and pigs will be relieved to hear that the regulations concerning livestock movements are being simplified. Defra announced that from 27 July 2016, they will be implementing these simplifications, and the changes are expected to be completed by summer 2017. New 10 mile rule Under this new rule, farmers will be allowed to […]

July 14, 2016

August Hedge Cutting? Apply for your derogation early

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To be able to cut hedges in August, Basic Payment Scheme claimants must apply for a derogation in order to avoid breaching cross compliance requirement GAEC 7a Boundaries. Applications must be made on paper or by email to the Rural Payments Agency (RPA), which has set itself a 15 working day response target and you […]

June 24, 2016

The effect on the rural economy following Brexit

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So today we know the result of the referendum but, from a rural perspective the result is probably the only certainty that we have. The stock and currency markets are understandably reacting to the news with some volatility but where does the rural economy stand? Land Prices There is little current correlation between land prices […]