Established over 100 years ago, Edwin Thompson LLP is a multi-discipline firm of Chartered Surveyors operating throughout the UK from offices in Carlisle, Keswick and Windermere in Cumbria, Berwick upon Tweed and Newcastle in the North East and Galashiels in the Scottish Borders.
We offer expert advice on property related matters with the aim of providing a professional service designed to meet targets and add value.
Farmers will be able to convert more agricultural building into houses, under changes to the planning rules, which have been confirmed.
Please see the following information about the next round of the Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme (FFIS). There are a number of changes from previous rounds so please read the guidance carefully.
Entitlement trading is gathering momentum. In England, lowground Entitlements are trading at about £280-£300/unit, a large increase on previous years as there is confidence that buying now will continue to give a return through the new regime. SDA ones are trading at around £240/£250 a unit and moorland £45-£50/unit.
On November 8th the development control panel at the Lake District National Park reached a unanimous positive determination and permission was secured by Edwin Thompson for the proposed Ennerdale Community Centre. Proposals are primarily aimed at bringing back lost services such as post office facility, shop as well as providing a community meeting/multi use space.
Forestry has an image problem. While those in the industry feel passionate about what they do, and can see the many benefits they provide, society’s view of forestry often seems to be based on a drip feed of outdated comments and caricatures.
The subsidy and grant system is changing. The first year of the new regime is almost certainly going to be 2015 but there will be important dates and information you need to know before then. This is the first in what will be a regular series of up-date blogs to give you an outline of the most important points.
Natural England has approved an eight-week extension to the pilot badger cull in Gloucestershire amid the threat of renewed legal action to stop the cull by the Badger Trust. The decision to extend the licence was announced on Wednesday (23 October) after more than a week of discussions between officials at DEFRA, the NFU and Natural England.
woodland restoration, felling, infected Larch, non-native conifer, forestry operations, broadleaf, timber market
The Independence effect has as yet had little net effect on the local markets - some purchasers register looking to only be in Scotland, while some Scots have registered looking for property south of the border. There is no clear winner so far and no one who has purchased via this branch has done so solely because of the forthcoming vote. I am sure there are people waiting to see the outcome of the vote and we will see more cross border activity early next yea
Cumbrian landowners, The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, Natural England, rare birds, partridge
Hope constructin sellect Edwin Thompson for sale of industrial developement sites in Darlington, Middlesbrough, Houghton Le Spring
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Woodland Planting Grants, woodland, cumbria,Forestry Commission Woodland Creation Scheme Grant funding
Forestry investments benefit from a wide number of tax incentives which make them a very interesting proposition. They provide investors with an alternative real asset investment which can be very attractive, providing both short term income generation and longer term capital appreciation.
The Forestry Commission and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) are advising owners to extend their vigilance to ash trees planted up to 20 years ago as a part of work to develop further our under- standing of the impact of the disease on ash of this age. Large quantities of ash were imported from parts of continental Europe where the disease had been present before 2007 and this could mean that the disease was present on a very small proportion of plants imported from the continent at least 10 years ago.
Scientists have sequenced the genome of a type of ash tree with resistance to the deadly fungal disease sweeping the UK
There are considerable opportunities for farmers to overcome the challenges and slump in farm incomes with the growth of renewables, yet few are taking this seriously, allowing international developers to reap the benefits.
Forestry Commission Scotland has announced that special financial support will be available to help meet the costs of the removal and destruction of infected, recently planted ash trees in the ‘sheltered' and ‘buffer' areas identified in the Chalara Action Plan for Scotland.
From April 2013 Real Time Information (RTI) is being introduced, requiring employers to make online submissions of data to HMRC every time employees are paid. Although the Payroll Year End procedure will ultimately be simpler, e.g. P14 and P35 forms will no longer be required; the work involved in processing Payroll throughout the year will increase.
Social Housing Tenants claiming housing benefit on “under occupied” properties could find themselves penalised with as much as a 25% reduction in their housing benefit from April 2013. The so called “bedroom tax” could mean that those with spare bedrooms may no longer be able to afford to live in Social Housing and could paradoxically have to look to the Private Rental Sector (PRS) for a more affordable home.
From 1st April 2013 Council Tax exemption for vacant properties, including those undergoing renovation, will cease. Instead, each Council has set a discounted rate according to their individual budget requirements and feasibility studies.
Last October the government announced that the 2015 revaluation of business rates will be postponed until 2017. On the face of it, this initiative seems sensible, however, many property professionals don’t take this same view and have actually criticised the move.
As of 1 May 2013 it is anticipated that landlords operating in the private residential sector in Scotland will have to provide their tenants with an information pack about the property. The Scottish Government is expected to have secondary legislation in place shortly to bring this into effect.
A farm is not only a business it may also be your home, therefore a carefully planned strategy ensuring the correct preparation is carried out to maximise the chances of achieving the best possible price.
Earlier on this month the government relaxed planning rules to make it easier for households and offices to install solid wall insulation, ahead of today’s Green Deal energy efficiency scheme,
New regulations have been introduced regarding the energy performance of buildings. The act is complex and there are exemptions. For further detail and an assessment of your property do contact us.
In Scotland, the various charges tenants have to pay landlords and/or letting agents has been a rather grey area. Recent legislation from the Scottish Parliament has now made it all much clearer.