It feels like only a few weeks ago that I last wrote the ponderings, but I’m told it was actually March!! For inspiration, I had a brief read through what I wrote then. In a nod to tradition, I mentioned the lack of rain. We’re now nearly 3-months on, and we’ve not had much rain to speak of. Consequently, grass and straw may once again be at a premium. I also mentioned BPS, which we have now finished. Personally, this year’s applications went reasonably smoothly, which is largely due to the RPA not interfering with client’s maps. With that said, you always have the odd challenge along the way, but it’s par for the course really.
Since the end of BPS, I’ve become busy with HS2, specifically affecting for occupiers that are directly affected by the multi-billion pound scheme. Many sceptics suggest that it’ll never happen, but the fact remains that HS2 are serving notices to compulsorily acquire property with very little notice required. In fact, I was instructed by a client in March thinking I’d have plenty of time to negotiate a sensible exit strategy to mitigate losses. Instead, they were served Notice a few weeks’ later, requiring vacant possession in August. In that instance, the Notice related to commercial premises, meaning they had to find suitable alternative premises within 3 months – a very daunting prospect, I am sure you will agree. Suffice to say, if you think there is a chance that you’ll be affected by HS2, then be sure to appoint an Agent early to give them the best chance of protecting your interests. Don’t forget, the acquiring authority have an obligation to meet your reasonable professional fees.
Continuing in a similar vein, we are busy representing landowners and occupiers alike that are affected by the re-routing of the A14, and the proposed A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet improvements scheme. Whilst Highways England do have compulsory powers, they are less draconian compared to HS2. As such, there is a bit more time to negotiate land take, accommodation works etc. Again, if you are affected, then appoint an Agent promptly.
In other news, it’s that time of year where farms are typically launched on the market for sale. As such, we’ve a few farms in the pipeline that should be launched publicly. Conversely, we also have buyers and sellers looking to deal privately. Accordingly, if you’re looking to buy, please contact with your requirements, as we may be able to facilitate a private sale. Alternatively, if you’re looking to sell, please contact us, as we have people with funds who are looking to buy.
Don’t forget, the application deadline for Mid-Tier applications including Water Capital Grants is the 31st July 2019. Although the application forms are reasonably straight forward, you may require the input of your Local Planning Authority, which may take a while. As such, I would urge you to initiate the application process as soon as possible.
For the first time in a few years, I was able to attend both the Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire YFC rallies. They’re very different events, especially in terms of scale, but they both provide the opportunity for us to catch up with clients, existing and new, over a glass of beer or Pimms in a relaxed environment. As I type, the Agricultural Team are gearing up for Cereals 2019, which takes place in Lincolnshire on 12th and 13th June. I shall only make the 2nd day due to work commitments but hope to see many familiar faces whilst I am there.
Finally, a nod to our departed Auctioneer, Shaun Barron, who we said goodbye to on Friday 31st May. Shaun’s heading back home to the family farm, where he can continue his passion and interest in sheep. I wish him all the best with the future.
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