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.
In an area with low economic growth and a high reliance on investor type purchases and tourism this news does not bode well.
The majority of businesses will now be registered with Rural Payments and Services, however new businesses will be required to register, and existing businesses will be required to notify SGRPID of changes.
There have been some important announcements from SGRPID in the last few weeks. This sets out a summary of those announcements; if you have any queries about any other BPS rules, please use the contacts at the bottom of this.
Two funding opportunities have been released by the Rural Growth Network aimed at encouraging rural businesses to grow and develop in Northumberland, Gateshead and Durham.
We had a great weekend at the Border Union, Kelso show this weekend
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Buccleuch Property has sold Collingwood House in Newcastle upon Tyne for £2.95m to a syndicate client of Chartered Surveying firm, Edwin Thompson, reflecting an net initial yield of 8.6%.
We had a fabulous time at Skelton Show at the weekend! The weather started with thunder and lightening but by lunch the sun came out ready for our BBQ!
Galashiels has been without a railway station since 1969 and September sees the relaunch of the new railway.
Residential & Mixed-Use Property Management
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Edwin Thompson are currently offering three notable Georgian houses for sale, One needing complete modernisation, one requiring partial cosmetic improvements and one recently modernised.
Elmbank is a lovely country property designed to reflect elements of the Scottish Baronial style, and successfully combines modern technology including eco friendly ground source heating with traditional features.
A category C Listed 2 Storey detached villa of traditional stone construction under hipped roofs clad in slate believed to have been constructed in around 1830.
An imposing former school dating to around 1878, built of traditional whinstone stone construction with dressed sand stone quoins, sills and lintels under a pitched roof with slate covering.
Congratulations to Tom Brown in our Carlisle office for successfully passing the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Rural Seminar – The Cross Keys Hotel, Kelso
RELISTED NOVEMBER 2014 Development Opportunity -Caddonfoot Primary School, Clovenfords, TD1 3LE.
Relisted January 2015 - Coledale Stables, East Bowmont Street, Kelso, TD5 7BZ
Aptly named, The Barn is a delightful 3 bedroomed barn conversion in a charming edge of a village rural location with outstanding views of the surrounding Lakeland scenery.
We had a wonderful day at the Westmorland Show yesterday, luckily the weather stayed nice and dry as well!
We would like to thank all clients who attended our Edwin Thompson stand at Keswick Show.
The Scottish Government has now submitted its final proposals on the implementation of the CAP Reform to the European Commission
We have undergone a few changes regarding our Keswick staff.
The Memorial Medical Centre is situated in a prominent position occupying a corner site to the north of Lauder town centre on the west side of the A68 trunk road.
Sydenham Veterinary Centre is a former farm house believed to date to the late 18th century.
This former 200 year old pumping station building was converted in the early 1970’s to provide five very individual properties of considerable character.
Maple Bank Guest House is an attractive detached Edwardian building offering a favourable position to the edge of the popular village of Braithwaite.
Richard Lochhead recently made the first announcement on what form the new Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) for Scotland is to take when it replaces the Single Farm Payment Scheme (SFP) in 2015 and, although we are still very short on detail the following is a brief update on the main points.
A three bedroomed barn conversion with a garage and large garden in Wigton, Cumbria, which has been completed to a very high standard by an award winning local builder, is currently on the market for £475,000.
This years Skelton Show was a hit yet again! We had a marvelous day on our stand with our clients and our barbecue certainly drew them in
Firbank is a substantial five bedroomed (3 en-suite) detached house in an elevated secluded position.
Orthwaite Farm house is a fine detached character property, presented to a very high standard, the accommodation benefitting from oil-fired central heating and double glazing.
This delightful property is situated in the heart of the Borrowdale Valley surrounded by magnificent scenery and with views of the high central Lakeland fells.
Congratulations to Patrick Playfair, Partner in our Berwick upon Tweed office, and his family for being the 2014 Highland Show Shetland Sheep Champions at the Royal Highland Show last weekend!
These trees were planted 18 months ago on a site at Dalston and were 3/4 of a foot when planted. They have now undergone their second weeding programme and sokme are 8 - 10 feet tall.
Paddock House is a stunning Architect designed and most impressive and particularly attractive four bedroom property with a square footage of 2,598 ft.
We have received some lovely feeback from two clients that Les Walsh helped at our Galashiels office.
We hope everyone is starting to get excited for The Cumberland Show on the 14th June!
A former primary school provides an excellent development opportunity for a range of uses.
Professional people from around Cumbria have got together to raise vital funds to support young people in the region who have been diagnosed with cancer
Exceptionally charming five bedroomed Grade II listed Georgian period cottage in a premier residential area.
The Edwin Thompson offices are in full swing organising our stands at this year's Agricultural Shows.
Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, 20th and 21st May, Edwin Thompson held a public speaking course at Solutions Recruitment in Newcastle with Dan Bond Presentations taking it.
Edwin Thompson are proud sponsors of the Cumberland Point To Point this year at Heathfield, Aspatria.
We had a great time at Warwick Hall Horse Trials in Cumbria this weekend, with some of us enjoying the sponsors tent while others from Edwin Thompson were competing.
An interesting read from Stuart Goodall, chief executive of Confor, in the Courier. View it online through the Confor website.
We are proud to be sponsors of the Warwick Hall Cumbria Horse Trials!
No 1 Geltsdale Farm Cottage has a stunning location with open fell land for miles in every direction.
The re-planting of this woodland area will use 30,000 young conifer trees and 10,000 native broadleaf trees to emulate the restoration of native woodlands in the Tebay Valley.
The March 2014 RICS Residential Housing Market Survey results show the trends which began to emergemid-2013 remain firmly in place, as house pricescontinue along their upward trajectory.
Edwin Thompson has recently obtained planning permission for our client Fenham Farm Coastal B&B.
Following the successful procurement of further EU funding Cumbria Woodlands are offering heavily subsidised advice to Cumbrian woodland owners through their chosen advisor. Dave Atkinson and James Holliday are chosen advisors for Cumbria Woodlands and can offer advice that Cumbria Woodlands will pay for.
European Funding Could Provide Timely Boost For The Regions Farmers
Thank you to everyone who came to The Crossings at Roweltown last night for Dave Atkinson's and James Holliday's Forestry and Woodland talk.
From 26th November 2015, anyone who applies pesticides or PPP’s under the Grandfather Rights exemption will now have to hold a certificate of competence.
Your Air Conditioning System Of 10 Years Or Over Could Be Using A Banned Gas
Cumbria Woodlands is launching a new woodland advice service next week to provide forest owners with the information they need to make the most of their trees
Ennerdale Hub, the co-operative set up to manage the project, are celebrating after securing the remaining £478,000 from the Big Lottery, to complete the The Ennerdale Centre scheme.
Tonight, BBC1 6.30pm, The Ennerdale Centre, a new scheme to provide Ennerdale with facilities to serve the community as well as walkers on the Coast to Coast, will be broadcast for the first time.
Edwin Thompson have been instructed to sell a prime retail investment on Kendal's popular Stricklandgate. The premises are let to TOG24 at £30,000 per annum.
Edwin Thompson are pleased to announce that they are now Licensed ARLA agents.
The number of houses entering onto the market in the Scottish Borders has increased within the last month according to Les Walsh (Sales Manager of Edwin Thompson Galashiels office).
Voting has opened to decide which event will win Farmers Guardian’s Show Business 2014 competition.Skelton Show, the only show in Cumbria to reach the finals, were runners up in the Farmers Guardian’s Show Business competition last year. They have been successful in reaching the last seven again this year and need help winning the 2014 title for Cumbria.
A Positive Move For The Scottish Borders, Simon Sanderson of Edwin Thompson surveyors reports
James Holliday and Dave Atkinson wish to invite you to a Forestry and Woodland Talk at The Crossings, Roweltown Wedneaday 26th March, 6.30pm to 7.30pm.
There was another big turnout of Entitlements at the auction of Scottish Entitlements on Friday 7th March 2014, which continued the downward trend for prices of those lots sold.
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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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.